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Violin, The Harrison, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1693

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NMM 3598. Violin, The Harrison, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1693.  Ex colls.: Richard Harrison, London; Henry Hottinger, New York; Kyung-Wha Chung, London. Rawlins Fund, 1984.

Called the greatest concert violin built before 1700, it is one of but half a dozen Strads to survive with its original neck. "Modernized" probably early in the 19th century, when Italian instruments became the preferred standard, as performing venues got larger. Nicknamed The Harrison after Richard Harrison, an English solicitor and amateur musician who owned the instrument in the 19th-century; he, like many of his colleagues, played string quartets in his home on Sunday afternoons. The instrument can be heard on modern recordings by Kyung-Wha Chung, the great Korean violinist.

What does The Harrison violin sound like? Listen to musical excerpts from a live performance by Eugene Fodor in Vermillion, April 6, 2002.

  • Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in g minor, BWV 1001 by J. S. Bach
  • Caprice No. 2, from Four Caprices, Opus 1, by Niccolo Paganini
  • Allegro, from The Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Largo, from The Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Allegro, from The Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi

Soundholes


Soundholes

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Shown in color as the frontispiece of the standard biography, Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work (1644-1737), published in 1902 by William E. Hill & Sons of London, it was one of 44 instruments chosen to be shown at the international exhibition held in Cremona in 1987 to mark the 250th anniversary of Stradivari's death.


Pegbox and Scroll Views


Front view of pegbox Back view of pegbox

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Bass side view of pegbox Treble side view of pegbox

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Neck Heel Views


Bass side of neck heel
Neck heel, back, bass side
Back view of neck heel
Neck heel, back, treble side
Treble side of neck heel
 

Bass side

Back, bass side

Back

Back, treble side

Treble side

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The Harrison is one of only a handful of Stradivari violins that survive with its original neck, blocked out at the base of the neck, with oxidation showing from the three original nails, as can be seen the photos above

Click here to access an index of all available digital images of this instrument.

High-Quality Image (Actual Size) of this Violin Available from Luthier's Library of Violin and Viola Photographs



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Poster of the Harrison violin available from Gift Shop

Technical Drawing of the Harrison violin available from Gift Shop

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Bass Viola da Gamba, Stradivari Workshop, Cremona, ca. 1730 (Violoncello Conversion ca. 1835-1850)

Checklists

Checklist of Bowed Stringed Instruments Made Before 1800

Checklist of 16th- and 17th-Century Instruments

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