Many noted artists were employed by Josiah Wedgwood, including John Flaxman Junior, Henry Webber, and George Stubbs, to name but three. This Discovery Pack is intended to form a small tribute from a current Wedgwood Museum employee to one of the many unsung heroes whose anonymous comings and goings through the portals of the Etruria factory gave it not only its pulse, but formed its very lifeblood.

One of the long-serving, perhaps the longest-serving, of these was William Hackwood (1753-1836), who was described by Wedgwood as “an Ingenious Boy” when he was engaged by him in 1769. Hackwood worked continuously for the first and second generations of Wedgwoods until he retired in 1832, having remained an employee of the company for an admirable sixty-three years.

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