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Bentside Spinet

Maker:
Charles Haward (British, London active ca. 1660–89)
Date:
1684
Geography:
London, England, United Kingdom
Culture:
British
Medium:
Wood and various materials
Dimensions:
Spine: 139.1 cm (54-3/4 in.); Widest point perpendicular to spine: 57 cm (22-7/16 in.); Depth: 19.1 cm (7-1/2 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-harpsichord
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.163
Not on view
Less than a dozen bentside spinets have been identified with this maker. Queen Anne owned one of Haward's virginals and Samuel Pepys noted in his diary that he "did there like of a little espinette".
Joseph W. Drexel
Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord 1440-1840. Donald H. Boalch and Charles Mould, 1991, Oxford University Press. Oxford, 1995, pg. 377-378.

Historical Pianos, Clavichords and Harpsichords. N. E. Michel, Publisher. Pico Rivera, CA, 1970, pg. 101, ill.

Keyboard Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Picture Book. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1961, pg. 24, fig. 11, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 86.

Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, pg. 51,53, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13.



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