John Christopher Smith
Who was he?
John Christopher Smith [Johann Christoph Schmidt] (b Ansbach 1712 - d
Bath 1795) was an English composer who, following in his father's
footsteps, became George Frederic Handel's secretary and amanuensis.
Why was he in Bath?
Handel bequeathed to the Smith family his collection of keyboard
instruments in his house at 25 Brook Street. Smith had a few lessons
from Handel and Johann Christoph Pepusch but studied mostly with Thomas
Roseingrave. He retired to 18, Brock Street, Bath in the 1770s (the
plaque is actually on the building on the opposite of the road -
Parkview House - which could be 19 or 19a Brock Street):
The text reads
"Here dwelt John Christopher Smith (1712 - 1795) Handel's friend and
Location map of 19 Brock Street:
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