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Portable Irish harp

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Semi-cylindrical soundbox of maple with three pairs of elongated oval soundholes on back. Soundboard of spruce with grain oriented horizontally. Curved pillar and neck of maple. Soundbox, pillar, and neck painted black and decorated with gold-colored stripes, foliage, shamrocks, roses, and...

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Painted on soundboard: JOHN EGAN / 30, Dawson St. / DUBLIN. / HARP MAKER / to his MAJESTY / GEORGE the 4th / and / the ROYAL FAMILY / No. 1938


Before 1956, Joseph W. Hughes, Aughton, England; 1956, sold by Hughes to Burnham S. Colburn; by inheritance to his granddaughter, Caroline Gilbert, Hanover, New Hampshire; 2003, sold by Gilbert to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2003)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

about 1820

Object Place

Dublin, Ireland


Height 89.9 cm, width 53.1 cm, depth 22.4 cm (Height 35 3/8 in., width 20 7/8 in., depth 8 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones