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Hester Bateman

1708 – September 16, 1794

Active in: England


Hester Bateman was a silversmith active between 1760 and 1790. She married the goldsmith John Bateman in 1732. Bateman’s career began after her husband’s death, when she took over his metalsmithing business. She retired in 1790, and her sons took over the business. Bateman died in London in 1794. Little is known about her early life or education; however, her work is housed in numerous British and American collections today.

Selected Works


“Bateman, Hester.” Oxford Art Online. https://doi- org.proxyiub.uits.iu.edu/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T006830.

English Silver by Hester Bateman and Other Makers from the Mrs. E. Claiborne Robins Collection. Richmond: Museum of Fine Arts, 2001.

Glanville, P., and J. Faulds Goldsborough. Women Silversmiths, 1684–1845. London, 1990.

Grimwade, A. London Goldsmiths, 1697–1837: Their Marks and Lives. London, 1976.

Hughes, G. B. “An 18th Century Woman Silversmith.” Country Life 128 (1960): 508–10.

Rendell, Mike. “Hester Bateman – Silversmith.” In Trailblazing Women of the Georgian era: the eighteenth-century struggle for female success in a man’s world, 81–89. Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2018.

Shure, D. S. Hester Bateman: Queen of English Silversmiths. London, 1959.