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Bass Viola da Gamba

Former Attribution:
John Rose (English, active 1552–61)
ca. 1600
London?, England, United Kingdom
Total L.: 119.5 cm (47-1/16 in.); Body L.: 71.5 cm (28-3/16 in.); Body W.: upper 32 cm (12-1/2 in.), middle 23.4 cm (9-3/16 in.), lower 39 cm (15-1/8 in.); Rib H.: upper 9 cm (3-5/8 in.), middle 23.4 cm (9-3/16 in.), middle 12.6 cm (4-15/16 in.); Belly W.: at the neck 5.2 cm (2.05 in.) lower 39 cm (15.35 in.) lower: 12.7 cm (5.0 in.) Belly W. at the neck 5.2 cm (2.05 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Janos Scholz, in memory of Ernest Schelling, and in honor of the Centennial of The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1989
Accession Number:
Not on view
Most surviving viols signed by or attributed to John Rose were likely made by the younger of a father and son pair of luthiers who went by the same name, and who worked in Bridewell, London, in the sixteenth century. While John Rose senior was among the earliest known of English viol makers, his son was among the most celebrated, and regarded as "the finest of all viol makers" in Thomas Mace's Musick's Monument of 1676. This instrument, dated ca. 1600, is attributed to the younger John Rose.
Laurence Libin. A Checklist of Viole da Gamba (Viols). 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 23.

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