Fredericus Beck, London 1780
Frederick Beck was one of the German instrument builders that came to London mid-18th. century. He started making pianos in the style/after Johannes Zumpe and got also famous with them. They were exported to amongst other France, Portugal, Germany and Sweden, where this one came to light some 40 years ago. Inside the case a pair of pliers was found. Michael Cole quotes in his book (The Pianoforte in the Classical Era) someone’s writing: “I ordered you a Zumpe piano with a hammer and a pair of pliers to twist your wire with.”
The miniature is of an unknown gentleman by Jeremiah Meyer, ca. 1780.