The little extant information about William Forster's life and work comes by way of his great-grandson violin maker Simon Andrew Forster, who published an account of the family's history in 1864. He was born around 1713 in Brampton and worked as a maker of spinning wheels. His gravestone memorializes him as a maker of violins, ...Read More but all likelihood that assertion is somewhat revisionist and exaggerated. While his son William Forster II was a true craftsman, Forster I was neither very prolific nor accomplished, and his work is rough and unrefined, largely based on exaggerated Stainer models using pre-1700 construction methods. His instruments are valued for their rarity and are the earliest remaining of this multi-generational family of violin makers.
- The auction record for this maker is $4,057 in Oct 2011, for a violin. - 4 auction price results.