The last violin maker of the Forster family, Simon Andrew was the son of William (III), born in London in 1801. He learnt from his father and from Samuel Gilkes, and established his own business in Frith Street, moving later to Macclesfield Street. He made instruments with varying qualities of varnish and materials, generally on an Amatise model. He was assisted by George Pearce, and awarded prizes at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Of great significance is his memoir and observations The History of the Violin, published in 1864, with the assistance of William Sandys, which provides much insight into the history of the trade and the Forster family. He died in 1870.
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