Tenor oboe (vox humana)

about 1790
William Milhouse (English, 1761–after 1835)

Object Place: Newark, England


Length without crook 72.6 cm (28 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. Boxwood, stained dark brown. Made in two parts: dark brown. Made in three parts: a short brass staple, bent slightly backward, left-hand (upper) bodyjoint, right-hand bodyjoint and bell made in one piece; the bell has a very slight flare outside and practically continues the conoidal bore. The opening is not narrowed. The left-hand joint is tipped with ivory, the right-hand with brass. Six finger-holes in the front; two square brass keys (Young type A), c’ and d’-sharp, mounted on knobs, SATW. No vent-holes on the bell.


Stamped on all joints: MILHOUSE / NEWARK


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