DHV:
53
Tourin ID:
BENN 1

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

George

Miller

Date:

16..

Label Text:

George Miller in Vine C[ourt] / [with]o[ut] [Bishop]sgate Lon[don] 16

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Henry Woledge, Beverley, Yorkshire, c. 1965-2003; Nicholas Benn, 1963-64/5; bought from J & A Beare, London

Measurements:

Body Length:

67.8

String Length:

70

Rib Depth:

11.5

Upper Width:

31.6

Middle Width:

24.2

Bottom Width:

38.8

Information

Source:

Owner to TGM, 8/03, 9/04; N. Benn to TGM, 7/03; to G. Lyman 2/64, 6/65

Literature:

MacCracken 2016, p. 194

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from M. Caudle 9/10: table off, underside of table, body open, back (all without neck); carving at top of back; top block from above and front, bottom block; plus label 3/11 (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

In 1965, awaiting restoration; had a cello neck when bought by Benn. Sold by Woledge at Bonham’s 5/8/03. Woledge wrote (via Benn): “Inscription largely illegible, but George Miller in (Vine)...London 16.. can be read. New neck and head by Joseph Skeaping about 1970, who was unable to re-use old bass plate with label; hence it is separate. Reconversion to viol completed by Arthur Burgan, Beverley, about 1972.” Caudle 9/04: 4-piece table with several knots, faintly-inked double purfling and medium arching; 2-piece back with many cracks, double purfling, relief carving at button. Neck, head, fingerboard and tailpiece are modern. Back, ribs, and maybe top block are original; table likely 18C English, not very skillful, with very uneven thicknessing. (Miller probably died in 1684.)