Violin by Henry Lockey Hill, London, c.1820
Henry Lockey Hill (1774 - 1835), son of Lockey Hill and pupil of his uncle, Joseph (II). Worked for John Betts c.1806-1810, during which time he made templates of the Stradivari ‘King Frederick’ cello, which he subsequently used as his model. He succeeded to his father’s business in Southwark in 1810, and established at 7 Brandon Row by 1826 as ‘L. Hill & Sons’. He was a very fine maker, the first of the Hill family to fully absorb the style and principles of Stradivari as distinct from the sometimes coarse Stainer and Amati work produced by his father. His son, William Ebsworth, maintained this high level of craftsmanship which became the distinction of the firm ‘W. E. Hill & Sons’.
Label: This violin bears no label
Accompanying certificate by Peter Biddulph
String length: 328mm
Length of back: 356mm
Upper / lower bout: 164mm / 200mm
Varnish description: Red-brown over a golden ground.