George Wulme-Hudson violin, circa 1900
George Wulme-Hudson (b.1862, d.1952) was an English violin maker known for his prolific and versatile career as a copyist. He initially trained and worked as a jeweller, where he had his first experience in handling and dealing musical instruments. He then took violin lessons from Sir Henry Wood at the Guildhall School of Music and became a freelance violinist and conductor by 1897. During the same year, he made his first violin and soon embarked in a professional career as a luthier. He worked at the Withers workshop, where he produced one violin a week and learned how to make precise instrument copies.
George Wulme-Hudson earned the nickname "the second John Lott" due to his exceptional skill in making remarkably accurate replicas of works by Italian masters, including Stradivari, Gagliano, Bergonzi, and Guarneri. His signature and brand are often found inside his instruments. During his highly productive career, he made more than 800 instruments, most of them violins.