Jennens & Bettridge (English, fl. 1815-1864)

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The firm of Jennens & Bettridge was reputed for perfecting techniques in the craft and manufacture of high quality papier mâché wares.

Aaron Jennens and Thomas Bettridge took over the workshop of Henry Clay, Japanner to George III and The Prince of Wales, in 1816. Originally based in Birmingham, they set up a London shop in 1837 and opened offices in Paris and New York two years later. Jennens & Bettridge served as 'Japanners in Ordinary' to George IV and exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. Their contribution to this important branch of the industrial arts received particular notice in the Art-Journal's illustrated Exhibition Catalogue. Jennens and Bettridge employed a variety of professional artists to copy paintings on their decorative wares. In order to maintain the very highest standard of illustration, these artists were trained by painters from the Birmingham School of Design.