Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments, discusses the history of violin making in New England from the late 1700s through the early 1900s, with instruments from the MFA’s collection and examples kindly on loan for the program by John Chuang. Local violinist Brian Clague and cellist Javier Caballero are joined by violist and MFA curatorial research fellow Jayme Kurland to demonstrate a variety of instruments, including ones made by Samuel Brooks (1843), John G. Pickering (1846), the brothers Ira J. and Asa W. White (1860 and 1876), F. O. Stanley (1880), and Jerome B. Squier (1885).
Above: William H.W. Bicknell, The Violin Maker, 1888. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Ernest W. Longfellow, Gift of Karl F. Rodgers, Gift of Miss Mary C. Wheelwright, Bequest of Maxim Karolik, by exchange