John Broadwood and Sons by Lutyens (c.1905)
|A wonderful example of English craftsmanship and design: an Edwin Lutyens designed Broadwood grand piano built in 1905.
Very early in the 20th century, John Broadwood & Sons – the greatest English pianoforte maker – collaborated with Edwin Lutyens to make a series of 10 grand pianos; the existence of only a few is currently known, including one held in a collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This piano was commissioned by Robert H Benson, eminent banker (Kleinwort Benson), art collector and Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.The instrument was delivered into the Lutyens designed music room at Buckhurst Park, Sussex on 4 August 1905. One of the photographs from Country Life Volume XXXI of Saturday 18 May 1912 shows the instrument in this situation.
The instrument has been restored to recital standard.