BLY, John 1779-1833

1779 - 1833

Baptised at Lowestoft on 2 September 1779, Son of John Bly (1756-1792) [q.v.] and Mary née Cooper. A decorator at the Lowestoft Porcelain Works and as an apprentice decorated a mug for Mrs Johnson, daughter of Robert Allen, another Lowestoft painter. Shortly before the closure of Lowestoft he had moved to the Chamberlain (Worcester) Factory which records him as being first employed on 28 September 1799. He left Chamberlain's on 22 January 1803 and joined on 22 January 1803 to join rivals Flight & Barr but returned to Chamberlain's from March 1808 to the end of 1809, but again returned to Flight & Barr where he specialised in painting amorials and is said to have painted the arms on the Lord Amhurst service in 1823 and in 1830 decorated the coronation service for King William IV, now at Windsor Castle. John married at St Peter's, Worcester on 5 October 1813, Ann Poultney and had a son, another John, who was also a porcelain decorator and was a landscape artist for Worcester. He was buried at St Oswald's Hospital, Worcester on 26 September 1833