Ann Dowling married John Bateman of the Bateman silversmith workshop in May 1769. The Bateman workshop had flourished under Hester Bateman, John’s mother, who, from her husband’s death in 1760 until her retirement in 1790, transformed her family’s small business into one of the most successful medium-sized manufacturing companies of its day. Ann, who came from a well-to-do family, brought both money and talent into the family. In 1791, Jonathan died of cancer and left everything to Ann. Hester’s retirement the year before meant the Bateman workshop was now managed by Ann and Peter, Hester’s second son. Ann and her brother-in-law registered their joint mark at the London Goldsmith’s Hall in 1791. For their pieces, which usually consisted of domestic items such as sauceboats, candleholders, sugar tongs, salt cellars, spoons, and goblets, Peter and Ann used delicate thread decoration as well as Hester’s simple beading pattern.
Like her mother-in-law, Ann was a savvy business woman whose drive led the Bateman workshop to continued prosperity, even when passed along to her son William in 1805, who was also a noteworthy businessman and silversmith. Ann’s four children—Jonathan, William, Letticia, and Ann—were all her apprentices.
wife of Jonathan Bateman
partner of and sister-in-law of Peter Bateman
mother of William Bateman
mother of Jonathan Bateman
mother of Letticia Bateman
mother of Ann Bateman
daugter-in-law of Hester Bateman
sister-in-law of Richard Clark