Johannes Broadwood was born in 1732 in Cockburnspath, Scotland and came to Burkat Shudi’s workshop as an apprentice in 1761. In 1764 he married Shudi’s daughter. From 1770 until 1790 the harpsichords were signed ‘Burkat Shudi and Johannes Broadwood’.
Joseph Haydn arrived in London on 1st January 1792. A few months later he visited the Broadwood Company. It is a nice thought that he might have seen, or even played, this very piano.
The miniature is a portrait of Elisabeth Peers, Lady Blunt, by George Engleheart, 1793.