Bass viola da gamba

Richard Meares I (English, active 1676–1736)

Object Place: London, England


Length 119.1 cm, width 36.6 cm (Length 46 7/8 in., width 14 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments




Printed label: Richard Meares without / Bishops-gate, near to Sir / Paul Rinders, London. / Fecit 165 [handwritten: 7; 7 also handwritten over the printed 5]; manuscript repair label: Anno 1962 / Extensively Repaired / by / Donald Warnock / 2 Brewer St., Cambridge 38, Mass


Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920); by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1957, loaned by Rowland to the New England Conservatory; about 1964, transferred by the New England Conservatory to the MFA; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland