Guitar-shaped violin

19th century

Object Place: France


Length 34.1 cm, width 17.7 cm (Length 13 7/16 in., width 6 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

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Musical Instruments



Body of guitar form, without corners, with very narrow middle bouts. Back and ribs of maple. Belly of close grained spruce with elongated S-holes. Both back and belly with slight arching, purfling, and edges fitted flush (no overhang, as on standard violins). Violin-type neck, with peg-box and scroll of standard pattern. Finger-board and tail-piece of boxwood stained black. Three-quarter size violin bridge. Inside construction: top and bottom blocks; bass-bar and sound-post. Four strings. Reddish-brown varnish.


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