about 1810
Invented by Edward Light (English, 1747–1832), Made by A. Barry (English, active early 19th century)

Object Place: London, England


Length 93.6 cm, width 35.8 cm, depth 15 cm (Length 36 7/8 in., width 14 1/8 in., depth 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Back comprised of seven ribs of maple, with narrow oval soundhole at center. Belly of medium-grain spruce with separate carved rose in foliate pattern. Rose, edges of belly and field of belly decorated with gilt foliate designs. Gold and red stripes outlining back and bottom of body. Neck, pegboxes, and fingerboard of ebonized wood. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood with buttons of ivory. Nuts and twelve frets of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood. Seven main strings and four diapason strings. Medium brown varnish. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).


Painted on ribbon on soundboard: LIGHT INVR. BARRY MAKER


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