Triple harp (telyn deires)

about 1750
John Richard (Welsh, 1711–1789)


Object Place: Llanrwst, Wales

Dimensions

Height 185.4 cm, width 69.9 cm, depth 48.7 cm (Height 73 in., width 27 1/2 in., depth 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1789

Medium or Technique

Maple, white pine

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Semi-cylindrical soundbox composed of nine ribs of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). Soundboard of Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) with three pairs of circular soundholes and grain oriented vertically. Edges of soundboard trimmed with moldings of wood painted black. Pillar of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) in oval-shaped cross-section, surmounted by carved scroll. Neck of maple (Acer pesudoplatanus) with fluted cap at soundbox joint. String pegs of wood stained black. Tuning pins of brass. Compass of GG to g3 (ninety-six strings in three rows).

Inscription

Stamped twice at back of neck: I R

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection