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date: 13 November 2019

Culliford, Thomas locked

  • Jenny Nex


(b Penzance, England, bap. April 24, 1747; bur. Bishop’s Waltham, England, Feb 5, 1821). English harpsichord and piano maker. He married Mary Goldsworth in London in 1770; she might have been related to the harpsichord maker John Goldsworth, with whom Culliford was in partnership during the 1780s. Culliford’s training is unknown, but his signature inside two instruments ascribed to John Hitchcock implies that he studied under or worked for Hitchcock before setting up on his own in the 1770s. The earliest surviving instrument signed externally by Culliford is a bentside spinet dated 1774 (the year of Hitchcock’s death), which is signed also by one Wallcutt of London. Culliford became a freeman of the Glovers’ Company sometime before 1784.

From at least 1779 Culliford lived and worked at 16 Fountain Court, behind Longman & Broderip’s premises at 26 Cheapside and, although his role with Longman & Broderip is unclear, his name appears internally on their instruments from ...

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