An English Cello by Henry Lockey Hill circa 1820

Henry Lockey Hill (1774-1835 was an extraordinary maker of the early nineteenth century. He probably trained with his uncle Joseph Hill (II) rather than with his father Lockey Hill whose work seems least related to his own, and he was working for John Betts by 1806. At some point he became closely connected to the Panormo family, and his work from this period is very hard to distinguish from that of Joseph and George Panormo.

The cello is to an English pattern slightly on the small side, with unusually Italianate arching reflecting Hill’s strong connections with Panormo. A superb and strong sounding instrument.