Lee, Anne

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Dates Active in Dublin: 

c. 1776–1788


2 Dame Street ('near the Royal Exchange')


Succeeded the business of her husband Samuel (ii) Lee.

Listed with her son Edmond Lee the Dublin Directories as 'music sellers' from 1777 to 1788 (except in 1786 when only Edmond is listed).

It is not certain to what extent (if any) Anne Lee may be identified with the 'Walker & Lee' partnership of c. 1781 listed in Hogan, but their addresses are the same.

[Dates and details differ according to sources: Barra Boydell (Long Room) gives the dates as 1771 to 1783. The Dublin Directories and Brian Boydell (Calendar) give the dates as 1777 to 1788 but Humphries and Smith give the dates from 1776 to 1788. Kerry gives the date until 1786.]

Select Product/Work List: 


  • A Celebrated French Song, with parts for two guitars, c.1785 (Lawrence)
  • Issued (as listed in Flood)

  • The Gentleman's Catch Book, 1778 [new edn]
  • Giordani, Overture and Irish Medley to the Island of Saints, c. 1786
  • Source(s): 

    Dublin Directories

    Flood, W.H. Grattan, ‘Dublin Music Printing from 1750 to 1790’, The Bibliographical Society of Ireland: Short Papers, 2.5 (1923), 101–06 (p. 104)

    Dix, E.R. McC., ‘Some Dublin Music Printers and Music Sellers of the Eighteenth Century’, The Irish Book Lover, 18.1 (January/February 1930), 26–28 (p. 28)

    Carroll, F., ‘Dublin Music Sellers, Etc. 18th Century’, The Irish Book Lover, 31.6 (November 1951), 129–30 (p. 130)

    Hogan, Ita Margaret, Anglo-Irish Music 1780–1830 (Cork: Cork University Press, 1966), pp. 102–03

    Humphries, Charles and William C. Smith, Music Publishing in the British Isles, from the Beginning until the Middle of the Nineteenth Century; a Dictionary of Engravers, Printers, Publishers, and Music Sellers (London: Oxford University Press, 1970), p. 209

    Kerry, Frances P., 'The Music Scene in Dublin During the Late Eighteenth Century (1790–1800)' (unpublished masters thesis, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, 1994), p. 32

    Boydell, Brian, A Dublin Musical Calendar 1700–1760 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1988), p. 259

    Boydell, Barra, 'The Development of the Dublin Music Print Trade to 1800', Long Room (1996), pp.25-33 (p. 31)

    Lawrence, Thomas, ‘The History of the Guitar in Ireland 1760-1866’, 2 vols (unpublished doctoral thesis, University College Dublin, 1999), I, p. 37

    McHale, Maria, 'Music', in The Irish Book in English 1800–1891, ed. by James H. Murphy, The Oxford History of the Irish Book, IV (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 595–601 (p. 596)

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Lee family (1)’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Lee family (2)’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Walker & Lee', Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Last Update: 20-05-2021