Houston, James Henry

Piano maker. (fl.1790-1799) Trading at “corner of Edward Street and 95 Wardour Street, Soho” as Houston & Co, and later as James Henry Houston. Became bankrupt in 1797 but continued to trade in agreement with his creditors until 1799. Bought out with partners Lewis and Hyde the music publishing business of John Bland and traded at 45 High Holborn but this was dissolved in 1795. Many pianos made by Houston were sold by piano dealers or music publishers under their names. This included music publishers such as John Bland and John and Thomas Preston, Thomas Tomkison may have been working for Houston and continued in his own business after 1799.