Directory of Piano Makers and Merchants in London 1760-1800

John ADLEM

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Business activity:   Piano maker?

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   John Adlem 1793

Business Address:   40 King’s Street Soho 1793

Comments:    Adlem is recorded in James (1930), Harding (1933), and Clinkscale (1996) but there are not any known surviving instruments of this maker.  Reference to John Adlem has not been found in the rate books for this period at the Westminster Archives.

George ASTOR

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(1752-1813)

Business activity:   Woodwind instrument maker and music seller.  Piano merchant from the 1790’s possibly initially reselling square pianos made by John Geib and/or Thomas Culliford.

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   George Astor 1774-1798, George Astor & Co. 1798-1814, Astor & Horwood 1814-1821, C. Gerock, Astor and Co. 1821-1828, Christopher Gerock & Co. 1828-1835

Business Address:   26 Wynch Street 1774-1803, 79 Cornhill & 27 Tottenham Street, Fitzroy Square 1797-1814, 79 Cornhill 1814-1835, 76 Bishopsgate Street, 7 Gracechurch Street

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Americus BACKERS

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           -1778)

Business activity:   Harpsichord and piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Americus Backers 1767-1778

Business Address:   Jermyn Street 1767-1778

 

James BALL

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(c1770-1819)

Business activity:   Piano and organ maker, music seller, publisher, and printer

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   James Ball 1788-c1818, Motta & Ball in 1794, James Ball & Son c1818-1824,  Edward Ball & Son 1824-1835

Business Address:   1 Duke Street 1788-1802, 26 Duke Street 1802-1808, 27 Duke Street  1808- 1835

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Thomas? BATES

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Business activity:   Piano merchant.  Possible business relationship with piano makers George Garcka and Thomas Tomkison

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Bates & Co. 1793

Business Address:   Corner of Edward Street. and Wardour Street

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Arnold Frederick BECK

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Business activity:   Square piano maker and music seller

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Frederick Beck 1772-1798, Beck & Corrie 1794

Business Address:   Hart Street (Business activity unknown) 1762-1766,  4 Broad St., Golden Square  1772-1784,   10 Broad St., Golden Square   1785-1798

Comments:   May have been making pianos before 1772

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Thomas BECK

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Business activity:   Square piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Frederick Beck 1790

Business Address:   10 Broad Street

Comments:   Thomas Beck was most likely a relation of Arnold Frederick Beck

 

Adam BEYER

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(c1730-1804)

Business activity:   Piano maker (mostly square pianos but also grand pianos)

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Adam Beyer 1763-1798

Business Address:   Kempts Court, Piccadilly 1763 (Business activity unknown),  Compton Street, St. Annes, Soho  1766-1798.

Comments:   May have been making square pianos for piano merchants such as Longman & Co prior to making them under his own name

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Lorence BEYER

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Business activity:   Piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Adam Beyer

Business Address:   Compton Street, St. Anne’s Soho

 

 

Anne BLAND

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Business activity:    Music seller, printer, publisher (Piano merchant probably only as Bland & Weller)

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    Anne Bland  1784-1792, Bland & Weller 1792-1818

Business Address:    23 Oxford Street  1784-1818

 

John BLAND

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(c1750c1840)

Business activity:    Music seller, printer, publisher and piano merchant

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    John Bland 1776-1795

Business Address:    45 High Holborn

 

James Shudi BROADWOOD

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(1772-1851)

Business Activity:   Piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    John Broadwood & Son 1795-1807, John Broadwood & Sons 1807-

Business address:  33 Great Pulteney Street and Bridle Lane 1773-1903,  69 Horseferry Road, Westminster, 2 Clement’s Lane, Conduit Street, George Street, 158 New Bond Street.

John BROADWOOD

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(1732-1812)

Business activity:    Harpsichord and piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    John Broadwood 1773-1794,  John Broadwood & Son 1795-1807,  John Broadwood & Sons 1808-1932

Business Address:    33 Great Pulteney Street and Bridle Lane 1773-1903,  69 Horseferry Road, Westminster, 2 Clement’s Lane, Conduit Street, George Street, 158 New Bond Street

 

Francis Fane BRODERIP

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(c1750-1807)

Business activity:    Merchant (piano and other musical instruments, music publisher and seller)

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    Longman, Lukey & Broderip (James Longman, Charles Lukey and Francis Fane Broderip) 1775-1776, Longman & Broderip (James Longman and Francis Fane Broderip) 1775-1796, Broderip & Wilkinson (Francis Fane Broderip and George Wilkinson) 1798-1811

Business Address:    Harp & Crown, 26 Cheapside 1775-1796, 13 Haymarket 1798-1811

 

Joseph BUCKINGER

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Business activity:   Piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Joseph Buckinger 1793-1809

Business Address:   443 The Strand

Gabriel BUNTEBART

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(          -1794)

Business activity:  Harpsichord and piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:  Zumpe & Buntebart 1769-1778,  Buntebart & Co., Buntebart & Sievers, 1783-1792   Gabriel Buntebart 1793-4

Business Address:  7 Princes Street, Hanover Square 1769-1994

Comments:  When Buntebart died in 1794 the business was continued by Thomas Henry Scharder, Buntebart’s forman and the firm later became Schader and Hartz until about 1802.

Samuel BURY

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Business activity:   Piano maker and music seller

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Samuel Bury & Co. 1787 -1794

Business Address:   113 Bishopsgate Within

George BUTTERY

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Business activity:  Paino maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to: George Buttery 1792

Business Address: Near St Martin-in-the-Fields

Muzio CLEMENTI

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(1752-1832)

Business activity:   Composer, printer, publisher, music seller and musical instrument merchant.

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Longman, Clementi & Co.  (John Longman, Muzio Clementi, Frederick Augustus Hyde, Frederick William Collard, Josiah Banger and David Davis) 1798-1800, Muzio Clementi & Co. (Muzio Clementi, Josiah Banger, Frederick Augustus Hyde, Frederick William Collard and David Davis) 1800-1810, (Muzio Clementi, Josiah Banger, Frederick William Collard, David Davis and William Frederick Collard) 1811-1817, (Muzio Clementi, Frederick William Collard, David Davis and William Frederick Collard 1817-1823, Clementi, Collard & Collard  (Muzio Clementi, Frederick William Collard and William Fredwerick Collard) 1823-1831

Business Address:   26 Cheapside 1798-1831, 195 Tottenham Court Road 1798-1831 also ajoining property 193 probably used as living accommodation

Comments:  Clementi retired in 1831 and died in 1832 and the firm became Collard & Collard continuing at the same address.

Frederick William COLLARD

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( 1772 -1860)

Business activity:  Piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:  Longman & Broderip 1791-1796, Longman, Clementi & Co. (John Longman, Muzio Clementi, Frederick Augustus Hyde, Frederick William Collard, Josiah Banger and David Davis) 1798-1800, Clementi & Co. (Muzio Clementi, Josiah Banger, Frederick Augustus Hyde, Frederick William Collard and David Davis) 1800-1810, (Muzio Clementi, Josiah Banger, Frederick William Collard, David Davis and William Frederick Collard) 1811-1817, (Muzio Clementi, Frederick William Collard, David Davis and Willaim Fredferick Collard) 1817-1823. Collard & Collard (Muzio Clementi, Frederick William Collard and William Frederick Collard) 1817-1831, Collard & Collard 1831-1860.

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Comments: When Frederick William Collard died in 1860 the firm passed to Frederick William Collard’s two nephews Frederick Willaim and Charles Collard.