The Hare family’s music shop was an important center for instrument making in London. Elizabeth married Joseph Hare, making instruments alongside her husband and their apprentices. The shop also sold cheaply printed music. When Joseph died in 1733, she took over the business. This trade card, with a receipt for “a parcel of violin strings” on the reverse, lists the address for that shop. In 1748, a great fire destroyed the block, and Elizabeth relocated the business to Cheapside.
Hare, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Hare: Musical Instrument Maker […], London: [1741?], Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed May 17, 2021, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4433