Dollard, Matthew

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23 Essex Quay, 1828–32
28 Essex Quay, 1832–36


Writing about 'Dollard' of Dublin (no first name), Henley comments: 'worked in Dublin, 1800, workmanship very rough and utterly puerile. Varnish dull and blotchy. Outline and arching perfectly exemplify incompetency of designer. Wretchedly poor and weak tone. 'Cellos belong to same order. Some instruments know of better modelling and workmanship, but generally assumed to have been made, or at least finished by M'Neill'.

References to, and instruments made or sold by members of the Dollard family often not distinguished by name. Mark: Dollard / Dublin (Waterhouse)

[Dates, addresses and circumstances differ according to sources: Waterhouse states that Matthew succeeded John at 23 Essex Quay, and that Matthew moved to 28 Essex Quay in 1832 (as above). The Dublin Directories list both Matthew and John at 23 Essex Quay from 1826 to 1832, and then at 28 Essex Quay from 1833 to 1835. Note: based on the statement by Algernon Rose (Talks with Bandsmen, London 1894, cited in Waterhouse) that Isaac apprenticed under McNeil, it is probable that Henley's comments (cited above) refer to Isaac's work. However, it is also possible that it refers to John, as Boydell (Card Index) includes this information in reference to John only, and Hogan maintains that John was working c. 1800. It is unlikely to be Matthew.]

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Produced [could be by either Isaac, John or Matthew]

  • Seven-keyed bugle: Musikmuseum, Historisches Museum Basel [formerly in the Bernoulli collection]. Inventory number 1980.2544. Mark: 'DOLLARD / ESSEX QUAY / DUBLIN' [bell] and ''George W. Thompson / from / David Thompson / February 1834' (Lasocki)
  • Cello. Mark: 'Dollard Dublin' (Graham)
  • Flute: Washington DC. Inventory number 135 (Waterhouse)
  • Double flageolet: National Museum of Ireland. Inventory number 2:1955. Stamp: 'Dollard Dublin Patent' (Boydell, 'Flageolet')
  • Clarinet: Edinburgh. Inventory number 116 (Waterhouse)
  • Last Update: 16-05-2018