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Music: Trip to Nahant by James Hewitt, about 1811 (performed by Darcy Kuronen)


Made by A. Babcock, / for R. Mackay, / Boston.; in pencil several times on key frames: M Clark; stamped on the d1 key lever, stamped or written in pencil on various other parts: 209; in ink on the back of nameboard: No 73 / O.D.; incised on d1 key lever I.N.; in pencil on wrest plank: Mr. / Cushing; in pencil on the soundboard: Geo Cushing; in pencil on underside of nameboard: Hattie L. Ladd


Before 1942, Hattie L. Ladd [written on underside of nameboard]. By 1942, Herman Dudley Murphy (1867-1945), Lexington, Massachusetts; gift of Murphy to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1942)

Credit Line

Gift of Hermann Dudley Murphy in memory of Ellen Ladd Murphy


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 168 cm, width 65.4 cm, case height 23.8 cm, height 85 cm (Length 66 1/8 in., width 25 3/4 in., case height 9 3/8 in., height 33 7/16 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones