By far the most well known and respected company of flute makers of the
first half of the 19th century was the old firm of Rudall & Rose. (Note I'll use
the expression "Rudall's" to cover the various manifestations of Rudall
& Rose, Rudall Rose & Carte, etc in this article.) But
there sphere of influence didn't stop at the workshop door. Quite a few of Rudall's workers (we don't know
at this stage if they had been apprentices
or not) went out on their own and became successful makers in their own
rights. Some of them continued to supply flutes to Rudall's.
Needless to say, there are a lot of points in common between the flutes
they made to sell and those they supplied to Rudall's.
Names we know
so far include:
- "Camp from Rudall & Rose"
- "Imlay from Rudall & Rose"
- "Ingram from Rudall & Rose"
- "Payne from "Rudall & Rose"
- "H. Whitaker from Rudall & Rose"
- "Wylde from Rudall & Rose".
Note that, at this stage, we've only seen Rudall & Rose nominated.
Perhaps by the time Carte was involved in management at the old firm,
staffing policies had changed?
On this page we'll illustrate the identities and instruments of these
ex-workers as images and information become
available to us.
Described in the NLI as "A wood, ivory, metal turner, earlier worked
for Rudall & Rose, 1840 took over the premises of Card." (Note
below that Imlay, also ex Rudall & Rose, also had a connection to Card.)
Camp's mark was:
RUDALL & ROSE
81 TOTTENHAM CT RD
We learn from the records of The Old Bailey that the relationship
between the Camps and Rudall & Rose was not always to both their
satisfaction: Rose vs Camp
I don't seem to have a good image of a Camp from Rudall & Rose flute yet.
We don't know a lot about Imlay. The New Langwill Index tells
us he flourished in London in the mid 19th century, as the 'erstwhile
partner to Card' as "Card & Imlay".
This mark appears to say:
Rudall & Rose
with what looks like exceptionally careless
over-stamping of the
Other marks reported for Imlay include IMLAY / FECIT / LONDON and
IMLAY / LONDON.
Thanks to Jonathon Walpole for bringing this image to my attention.
The New Langwill Index lists two Ingrams who are presumably closely
related, being at the same address, 19 Plumtree St, Bloomsbury:
- 1836: John Ingram, Flute and Flageolet maker,
- 1840: Thomas William Ingram, Flute Maker
so it's not immediately obvious which is our man. Interestingly
the NLI also gives him at another address in association with Morland
between those two years:
- 1838: Ingram & Morland, Flute and Flageolet maker, 25 Villiers
That address is interesting as it was occupied until then by John
Dunkin Goodlad, previously associated with Willis. Also listed at
the same address from the same time is Wylde, who you will note is listed
below as another escapee from Rudall and Rose.
Perhaps John Ingram was the ex-Rudall man, who then went into
partnership with Morland and an arrangement with his old work-friend Wylde
to buy up the facilities previously used by Goodlad, leaving a son or
brother Tom to battle on in Bloomsbury?
The NLI doesn't give an "Ingram from Rudall & Rose", but
it's clear that the flute pictured below is by one of the Ingrams listed,
as it is marked with the Plumtree St address. You'll see just
how similar to a Rudall & Rose flute from the period it is.
Ingram From Rudall & Rose, cocus
and silver, owned Peter Woodley, Canberra
Thanks to Peter Woodley, Canberra flute player for the opportunity to
present this image.
The NLI identifies Richard (Ronald) and George Payne listed as
flutemakers between 1835 and 1841, so it's not clear which of them (or
both?) was "From Rudall & Rose". The address is the same as below,
No. 13 Little Newport St.
There is also a listing for G.C. Payne but dated only as "?early
Thanks to Ebay seller "demisemiquaver"
for putting together this excellent montage, and to Jonathon Walpole for
bringing it to my attention.
'H. Whitaker from Rudall & Rose', at this stage all we know is his
address, 58 Arthur St, Battersea Park Rd.
A left-handed 7-key flute from Wylde from Rudall & Rose:
marked: WYLDE / FROM / RUDALL & ROSE / 25 VILLIERS ST. / STRAND /
Interestingly, this address in 1838 is the same given for Ingram &
Morland. Ingram (above) is another ex Rudall & Rose employee.
You can see more and larger images of this flute at: