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Bass viola da gamba

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Music: Harke, harke from Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke by Tobias Hume, 1607 (performed by Laura Jeppesen)


Printed label: Richard Meares without / Bishops-gate, near to Sir / Paul Rinders, London. / Fecit 165 [handwritten: 7; 7 also handwritten over the printed 5]; manuscript repair label: Anno 1962 / Extensively Repaired / by / Donald Warnock / 2 Brewer St., Cambridge 38, Mass


Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920); by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1957, loaned by Rowland to the New England Conservatory; about 1964, transferred by the New England Conservatory to the MFA; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland


Object Place

London, England


Length 119.1 cm, width 36.6 cm (Length 46 7/8 in., width 14 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones