Back in the 1800’s, a man named Mark Dearlove had a shop in Leeds where he made high-quality musical instruments. Every now and then I get an e-mail or phone call from someone who has purchased a Dearlove violin or cello and wants to know if I know anything about the instrument’s history.
Apparently his whole family was musical, with many of his sons, daughters, and grandchildren involved in music. At one point, there was an entire band in Harrogate comprised solely of Dearloves.
The picture above was taken in 1958 inside the Abbey House Museum in Leeds, where they had faithfully re-created Mark Dearlove’s instrument shop. The good-looking folks in the picture are all Dearloves and were there to play a recital. FYI, the second gentleman from the left in the back row is Kenneth Dearlove.