One of the most important and influential English makers of the 19th century, Henry Lockey Hill (1774 - 1835) was a member of the third generation of the celebrated Hill dynasty of luthiers, the son of Lockey Hill (1756 - 1810) and grandson of the first documented violin maker of the family, Joseph Hill I (1715 - 1784).
Henry Lockey (also known as Lockey II or Henry Hill) studied with members of his family until around 1806, when he went to work for John Betts, whose London workshop imported important Cremonese instruments and provided repairs to the 1690 Stradivari cello owned by King Frederick William III. Templates made of the king's cello provided a basis for Henry Lockey's own copies of Stradivari model cellos, an example of which is offered here. After his father's death in 1810, Henry Lockey took over the Hill family workshop, and in turn passed the business to his own sons, including William Ebsworth Hill (1817 - 1895), who would later found the most acclaimed violin company in London in the 19th century: W. E. Hill & Sons.
Henry Lockey Hill's instruments are among the finest examples of early 19th century English lutherie.