FLIGHT, BARR & BARR
Flight, Barr & Barr (1813 - 1840)
Martin Barr died in 1813 and once again Joseph Flight became the principal shareholder with
George & Martin Barr junior in partnership. The great success of the company was continued and
boosted by the employment of the talented artist Thomas Baxter (1782 - 1821) from 1814 to 1816.
Baxter had had a formal training at the Royal Academy School under Henri Fuseli and had perfected
the art of porcelain painting at his father's decorating studio in London. He painted a broad range of
subjects including flowers, shells, landscapes, portraits and figure subjects in Classical style. Baxter
started a drawing school in Worcester where he taught the best porcelain painters of the next
generation. The paintings of Solomon Cole, Samuel Astles, Henry Stinton, Moses Webster and
Enoch Doe are often difficult to distinguish from the work of their teacher.
In the 1830's the Neo-Rococo style became popular with up and coming industrialists, who now had
more money than old established families. The demand for rich classical porcelain diminished and the
Flight, Barr & Barr factory was resistant to change designs that had been so successful.
Only the most adaptable and innovative porcelain factories survived. In 1840 the Flight, Barr and Barr
factory joined forces with its former rival, Chamberlain and between them they evolved new products
and ideas, which were to establish the Worcester Company in the Victorian Era..