Square piano

1822–24
Alpheus Babcock (American, 1785–1842)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Length 168 cm, width 65.4 cm, case height 23.8 cm, height 85 cm (Length 66 1/8 in., width 25 3/4 in., case height 9 3/8 in., height 33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

42.412

Medium or Technique

Mahogany

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Inscription

Made by A. Babcock, / for R. Mackay, / Boston.; in pencil several times on key frames: M Clark; stamped on the d1 key lever, stamped or written in pencil on various other parts: 209; in ink on the back of nameboard: No 73 / O.D.; incised on d1 key lever I.N.; in pencil on wrest plank: Mr. / Cushing; in pencil on the soundboard: Geo Cushing; in pencil on underside of nameboard: Hattie L. Ladd

Provenance

Before 1942, Hattie L. Ladd [written on underside of nameboard]. By 1942, Herman Dudley Murphy (1867-1945), Lexington, Massachusetts; gift of Murphy to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1942)

Credit Line

Gift of Hermann Dudley Murphy in memory of Ellen Ladd Murphy