Longman and Broderip Pianoforte, ca. 1790

Contributed by The General Henry Knox Museum


When Henry and Lucy Knox moved into Montpelier, their mansion at Thomaston, one of the items shipped from Philadelphia was a pianoforte.

According to local legend, it was the first pianoforte to be seen that far north.

This is believed to be the instrument, which is said to have been purchased by a Thomaston family when the estate was auctioned off in 1854. It was eventually donated to the Knox Memorial Association.

The pianoforte was made by the British firm of Longman & Broderip, which operated from 1776-1798.

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About This Item

  • Title: Longman and Broderip Pianoforte, ca. 1790
  • Creator: Longman & Broderip
  • Creation Date: circa 1790
  • Subject Date: 1790
  • Location: Thomaston, Knox County, ME
  • Media: Wood, ivory, metal
  • Dimensions: 84 cm x 157 cm x 57 cm
  • Local Code: A-8-03
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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The General Henry Knox Museum
P.O. Box 326, Thomaston, ME 04861
(207) 354-0180

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