Edward Light (British, London ca. 1747–ca. 1832 London)
London, England, United Kingdom
Wood, lacquered and gilded
Overall: 35.2 x 12.9 x 84.1 cm (13 7/8 x 5 1/16 x 33 1/8 in.)
Funds from various donors, 1950
Not on view
The harplike pillar supports diatonically tuned bass strings to extend the range of the fretted strings. The pitch of the bass strings could be raised a semitone by finger-operated ring stops that work very much like pedals on a harp.
Inscription: (on sounding board) 500/Light Foley Place/London