John Stinton (jnr) was one of a long line of the Stinton family who painted for the Worcester firm for some 160 years. The family tradition started with Henry Stinton who was employed from 1805 at the Grainger family"s factory at Street.Martins Gate in Worcester and would later become part of the ‘Royal Worcester’ group. John Stinton (snr) born in 1829, was Henry Stinton"s son and started his apprenticeship at the Grainger factory when eleven years old, remaining there until his retirement in 1895.
He discovered that oil of cloves would prevent his paints from drying out too quickly.
John (snr)produced five sons, three following in their father"s footsteps and becoming painters at the Worcester factories. Stinton was the eldest son, but did not take up china painting until the rather late age of thirty five.
Besides Highland cattle, he depicted English cattle and produced many fine images of British castles on his plates and a large number of watercolour landscapes. Annie Stinton, born in 1882, also joined the Grainger factory and went on to the Royal Worcester works.
Kate Stinton also born in 1882 worked at the Royal Worcester factory.
Harry Stinton born in 1883 also painted Highland cattle scenes. He was a sickly child but grew to be a respected figure after joining the firm in 1896.