Thomas Kennedy was born in London in 1784, and died there in 1870. Eldest son of violin maker John Kennedy, he became one of the most important and productive British makers of the 19th century. He apprenticed with Thomas Powell in London from 1795 until 1802, then joined the prestigious shop of William Forster III. In 1804 he established his own workshop, where he produced a great number of both instruments and bows. He had many of the best English makers working for him, including bow makers Thomas Tubbs and brothers James and Edward Dodd, as well as violin makers James Brown and Willliam Forster IV. Kennedy cellos are highly regarded and, like other quality English instruments, some of the best values on the market today.