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William Forster II

Although widely known as ‘Old Forster’, William was himself the son of the first violin maker of the family, also named William. He was born in Brampton in 1739 and moved to London in 1759 to work for Beck’s music shop on Tower Hill. Very soon he opened his own business in Duke’s Court, St Martin’s Lane, and in 1762 was at 33 St Martin’s Lane. In 1785 he finally moved to 348 Exeter Exchange. He was given the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales, and also published the works of Joseph Haydn in England. In later years assisted by his son William (III) later known as ‘Young Forster’, the business was known as ‘Forster & Son from 1785. The workshop was prolific, and employed Thomas Powell and John Carter and others. Instruments were provided in several grades, mostly on a Stainer model. He died in 1808.

William Forster II

(b Brampton, 1739; d London, 1808)

Although widely known as ‘Old Forster’, William was himself the son of the first violin maker of the family, also named William. He was born in Brampton in 1739 and moved to London in 1759 to work for Beck’s music shop on Tower Hill. Very soon he opened his own business in Duke’s Court, St Martin’s Lane, and in 1762 was at 33 St Martin’s Lane. In 1785 he finally moved to 348 Exeter Exchange. He was given the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales, and also published the works of Joseph Haydn in England. In later years assisted... Read more

Instruments for sale in our March 2024 - Auction Catalogue

Lot 143

A violin by William Forster II

(b Brampton, 1739; d London, 1808)

London, circa 1785

£5,000-8,000

GBP£5,000.00 - £8,000.00
EUR€6,000.00 - €9,600.00
AUD$8,600.00 - $13,760.00
JPY¥807,800.00 - ¥1,292,480.00
KRW₩7,957,600.00 - ₩12,732,160.00
CHFCHF6,100.00 - CHF9,760.00
USD$6,550.00 - $10,480.00

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