George Cartlidge was a Morris Ware designer who worked for Sampson Hancock & Sons from 1918-1926. Born in 1868, George Cartlidge was an English painter, ceramic modeler and decorator. He apprenticed at the Sherwin & Cotton tile works where he created tiles decorated with portraits or figural subjects. As a decorator for Sampson Hancock & Sons in Stoke-on-Trent from the 1890’s to the early 20th century, he worked on plant designs for the manufactury's “Morris Ware” line. After World War I, Cartlidge traveled to America where he continued to model portrait panels and designed tiles for a manufacturer in Newport, Kentucky. While in America, he continued to send his designs back to England for production.