An early English maker born in 1686 in London, Cross was probably trained by Barak Norman in his St Paul’s Churchyard shop, and instruments exist with both names inscribed on the label. After Norman’s death in 1724, Cross’ own individual label appears, with the address ‘ye Crown at Piccadilly’. By 1730 he was established at the George Inn in Aldersgate, and from 1733 at Bow Churchyard, Cheapside. His work is based on the Stainer form, and was very influential on contemporary London makers including Alexander Kennedy and Johnson, who may have been assistants. His work often bear his brand ‘N.C’, surmounted by a cross.
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