Triple harp (telyn deires)

about 1750
John Richard (Welsh, 1711–1789)

Object Place: Llanrwst, Wales


Height 185.4 cm, width 69.9 cm, depth 48.7 cm (Height 73 in., width 27 1/2 in., depth 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, white pine

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Semi-cylindrical soundbox composed of nine ribs of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). Soundboard of Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) with three pairs of circular soundholes and grain oriented vertically. Edges of soundboard trimmed with moldings of wood painted black. Pillar of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) in oval-shaped cross-section, surmounted by carved scroll. Neck of maple (Acer pesudoplatanus) with fluted cap at soundbox joint. String pegs of wood stained black. Tuning pins of brass. Compass of GG to g3 (ninety-six strings in three rows).


Stamped twice at back of neck: I R


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