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George Pyne

George Pyne began life as a violinist, but taught himself violin making before joining the shop of Edward Withers in London. He was born in Stepney, East London, in 1852, and died not far away from there in West Ham in 1921. His work is well finished and well-observed in its imitation of classical Italian models, but it is thought that he made use of imported commercially made parts, and the varnish can be thin and pale in colour, although exceptional instruments are found with a warmer and richer coating.

George Pyne

(b Stepney, London, 1852; d West Ham, 1921)

George Pyne began life as a violinist, but taught himself violin making before joining the shop of Edward Withers in London. He was born in Stepney, East London, in 1852, and died not far away from there in West Ham in 1921. His work is well finished and well-observed in its imitation of classical Italian models, but it is thought that he made use of imported commercially made parts, and the varnish can be thin and pale in colour, although exceptional instruments are found with a warmer and richer coating.

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