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Guitar

Guitar

  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    about 1840 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (Made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    planed and joined rosewood back, planed rosewood sides; spruce soundboard; rosewood fingerboard with nickel-silver frets; mother-of-pearl patterns along edge of soundboard.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by H. Manders, Esq., M.D., F.R.C.S.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.290-1929

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Spanish guitars were made in London from about 1815 onwards. Fernando Sor (1778-1839), the Spanish virtuoso and composer, came to England in that year and helped spread the popularity of this instrument. Among the earliest London-based makers of Spanish guitars was the highly influential Louis Panormo (1784-1862).This example could either have been made in his workshop or by a London maker working in his style.

Physical description

'Back of four pieces of rosewood with intervening stringing in two woods. The sides similarly constructed. The belly is of two pieces of spruce, with geometrical decoration round the soundhole in mother-of-pearl and various other woods. Spanish bridge is for six single strings. Slipper neck block. Plain neck with rosewood fingerboard, seventeen nickel-silver frets, and wedge-shaped head with machine tuning stamped with a design and VR surmounted by a crown' - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), p. 60.

Place of Origin

London (Made)

Date

about 1840 (Made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (Made)

Materials and Techniques

planed and joined rosewood back, planed rosewood sides; spruce soundboard; rosewood fingerboard with nickel-silver frets; mother-of-pearl patterns along edge of soundboard.

Marks and inscriptions

VR and Crown
stamped on the plate to which the machine-heads are attached.

Dimensions

Length: 93.5 cm total length, Length: 45 cm Length of belly, Depth: 9.5 cm, Width: 23.5 cm Upper bout, Width: 18 cm width of middle bout, Width: 30.5 cm width of lower bout

Object history note

The guitar was given to the Museum by H. Manders, Esq., M.D., F.R.C.S. in 1929.

Descriptive line

English, rosewood back and sides, mother-or-peral bordering, workshop of Louis Panormo, 1830-40.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), p. 60.

Production Note

Although the attribution of this instrument to Louis Panormo is now desputed, it is thought that this instrument could still be 'school of' or 'workshop of'' Louis Panormo (1784-1862).

Materials

Rosewood; Pine; Rosewood; Mother-of-pearl; Nickel-silver

Techniques

Planing; Joining; Carving

Categories

Musical instruments

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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