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Alto viola da gamba (?)

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Long, shallow model, influenced by violin type. Flat back of maple, in two pieces. Ribs of maple, apparently cut down. Belly of pine with raised edges and purfling; scimitar-shaped sound-holes; rosette with the three feathers of the Prince of Wales under the finger-board. Back fitted flush...

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Manuscript label: MADE. BY. / RichARD DUKE. / LONDON. 1786


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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 19th century

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Length 68.8 cm, width 22 cm (Length 27 1/16 in., width 8 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones