Little is known about Manuel Gutiérrez Martínez of Sevilla (c. 1773–1857) and his work; his father was a silversmith, but we have no knowledge of where, or from whom, he learned his craft. The most famous violero working in Sevilla in the eighteenth century was Francisco Sanguino, but their incoincident dates meant that Gutiérrez and Sanguino could never have met.
We take up Manuel’s story sometime in the mid-1830s. Already in his early 60s, he was working in Sevilla on Calle de la Cerragería with an apprentice, María Dolores Gómez Sanchez. Manuel crafted guitars at various locations on and around Calle de la Cerragería for the next two decades until his death in 1857. His name still appeared in trade magazines until 1867, so it is likely that María Gómez carried on Manuel’s business under his name. Neither Manuel nor María ever married or had any children to apprentice; and when María retired in 1868, she sold the business to Manuel Soto y Solares (1839–1906).