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1860-1925 - Leather Lane (Holborn)

Moulder and plaster cast figure maker Daniele [Daniel] Landi was born around 1838 in Lucca. His parents had taken the family to London at an unknown date. Daniel’s marriage in Bethnal Green is recorded in 1860 and his first mention as a professional working from no. 101 Leather Lane dates from 1861 (his wife Agnes Walker was a mourning flower maker). In 1880 Landi took over premises at no. 1 Leather Lane, Holborn, which had been occupied by Domenico Brucciani until his death earlier the same year.

It seems likely that Landi had managed these branch premises for Brucciani. In the 1911 census he resided at no. 36 Charles Street where he is described as a plaster merchant trading on his own account at home. He died in 1925 in the Holborn district. Romolo Landi, another figure maker and moulder, was presumably Daniel’s younger brother (born around 1840). He was trading from no. 140 New Cross Road by 1869 until 1881. He died in 1883 as an inmate of Kent County Asylum, Maidstone.

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