Zachariah Boreman (1736 1810) was an artist from Chelsea Porcelain Factory who came to Derby around 1784 in the wake of the purchase of the Chelsea company and the subsequent demolition of the Chelsea factory by William Duesbury of Derby Porcelain. It is said that the supreme achievement of the Derby factory at this time was the development of topographical and picturesque landscape paintings for its array of tableware and vases. This was the speciality of Zachariah Boreman and his works give us a rare glimpse of great houses and the early industrial landscape of Derbyshire as well of its natural beauties. He left Derby 1794 and returned to London.
The paintings were bequeathed to the Society and are now on permanent loan to Derby Museums. They can be seen at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery but it is advisable to make an appointment to view as they are not on display.
Copyright remains with the Derbyshire Archaeological Society.
A browse on the internet will see these initial paintings transformed into the finished artwork on a splendid collection of late 18th century porcelain pieces.