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Back comprised of seven ribs of mahogany (?), with narrow oval soundhole at center. Belly of fine-grain spruce decorated with gilt scrolling patterns. Back and bottom of body outlined by gold stripes. Separate carved soundhole insert of gilded wood in cross and sunburst pattern. Neck, harmonic...

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Inscription

Gilt lettering on neck: LIGHT LONDON / Foley Place

Provenance

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

about 1815

  • Invented by Edward Light, English, 1747–1832
  • Probably manufactured by A. Barry, English, active early 19th century
Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

Length 85.7 cm, width 35.6 cm, depth 14.5 cm (Length 33 3/4 in., width 14 in., depth 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1769

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, spruce, ebony

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones