Ripley and District U3A members were given a talk by George Drury onWilliam ‘Quaker’ Pegg and showed some slides of his work.Pegg, known as “Pegg the Quaker” is considered one of the finest ever flower painters to ever decorate porcelain.
William Pegg, known as “Pegg the Quaker” is considered one of the finest flower painters to ever decorate porcelain. Born at Whitmore, near Newcastle-under-Lyme, on May 10, 1775, Pegg practically grew up in the porcelain industry. From the young age of 10, he worked in an earthenware factory, and by the age of 13, he was a student of earthenware painting.
A short time later in 1790, he became an apprentice china painter. George Drury went on to say that in 1820, Pegg left the Derby China Works because of his religious convictions and together with his wife he ran a small huckster’s shop until his death on December 27, 1851.
The meeting closed with refreshments prepared by the members of the French Groups whilst members discussed the various activities they had been involved in during the August break.