Viola

about 1750–60
Possibly by Joseph Hill (English, 1715–1784)


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Length 62.7 cm, width 23.1 cm (Length 24 11/16 in., width 9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1730

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece maple back, purfled. Ribs of maple. Belly of two pieces of spruce, finely arched, with two f-holes and purfling. Standard type neck and scroll. Ebony finger-board and tail-piece. Standard small fittings. Four strings. Tuning pegs of boxwood of the old-fashioned viol type. New bridge. Standard fittings inside. Yellowish-brown varnish.

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