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Harp Lute

Maker:
Edward Light (British, London ca. 1747–ca. 1832 London)
Date:
ca. 1815
Geography:
London, England, United Kingdom
Culture:
British
Medium:
Wood, lacquered and gilded
Dimensions:
Overall: 35.2 x 12.9 x 84.1 cm (13 7/8 x 5 1/16 x 33 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1950
Accession Number:
50.184.1
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
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