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Harp: M.10-1941

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Current Location: In storage




Maker: Egan, John, harp maker




Wood, of modern 'Irish' form, painted in green and gold with shamrocks; strings missing

Wooden harp of the modern 'Irish' form, curved pillar, rounded back, 4 sound holes. 37 wire strings (all missing, tag ends of some remain), no form of sharping mechanism. There is a metal strengthening plate beneath the neck. The pillar is attached to the sound box by means of a bolt which passes through the pillar and into a rounded block of wood at the base of the soundboard. The harp is painted with geen shamrocks up the soundboard above the Royal Arms and maker's inscription, gold shamrocks up the sides of the soundbox, between the soundholes, and all along the neck and pillar. The soundholes are edged with gold; the feet are carved as lion's paws, and there is a gold edging round the base of the soundbox. All strings have stationary nuts, those for the fifth to sixteenth strings from the top have been relocated slightly lower than they were originally, and there appears to be some form of wedging inserte din the tuning pin holes to prevent the pins pushing through too far.


History note: J.S. Morley, from whom purchased by Mrs Chadwick in 1937

Legal notes

Given by Mrs N.K. Chadwick

Measurements and weight

Height: 153 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Dublin ⪼ Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941) by Chadwick, Norah, K., Mrs


Circa 1820 CE - 1835 CE

Components of the work

Frame composed of paint ( green) wood gold
Strengthening Plate composed of metal
Strings composed of wire
Sound Board Width 40 cm
Shoulder To Column Width 67 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Royal Arms above the inscription in which the T of ST. is underlined and raised

  • Location: On each side of soundboard
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10-1941
Primary reference Number: 77190
Make number?: 2044
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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