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date: 12 December 2019

Boullangier, Charles locked

  • John Milnes

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(b Mirecourt, France, 1823; d London, England, 1889). French violin maker active in London. He is supposed to have served a three-year apprenticeship with J.B. Vuillaume and a further three years with Charles Gand, both in Paris. He came to London in 1849 to work for Edward Withers I, leaving seven years later to set up independently in Dean Street, and later Frith Street, both in the Soho area of the city.

Boullangier was much influenced by the charismatic John ‘Jack’ Lott (1804–70), and their instruments have occasionally been confused. Lott had returned from adventures abroad and a period living in Geneva, so no doubt his facility in French was a further bond with Boullangier.

Not so free in his copyist’s style as Lott, Boullangier produced precise copies of Stradivari instruments and the new Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ model popularised by Paganini. His business was bequeathed to his daughter Josephine Nanette and her husband, George White, and closed in ...

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