DHV:
561
Tourin ID:
LIS 08

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Edward / Richard II

Lewis / Meares

Date:

1720 C

R[icardus] Meares / [Instrument.] Music. Fabric. in [area] Boreali D. Pauli [a]pud Londinat[es] [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

P, Lisbon

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Museu da Música (formerly Conservatorio Nacional)

No. of Strings:

(4)

Catalog Number:

MM 5

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Alfred Keil, Lisbon (d. 1907)

Measurements:

Body Length:

67.5

String Length:

Rib Depth:

13

Upper Width:

29

Middle Width:

22

Bottom Width:

33.5

Information Source:

PT visit 10/78; P Torres to PT 3/77

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Hebbert 2003b, p. 45

On museum’s website (back, upper half of F body, S body only, head FB+S, one rib ornament [color]); [by PT: head 3/4 (color)]; [unpublished, from J. Pringle: front 7/8, body only, unstrung]

Table and back have double purfling and floral/leaf ornamentation; ribs have geometric designs. Converted to a cello, but keeping original pegbox and head. Hebbert 2003b: incomplete at the time of Lewis’s death in 1717, then bought at his estate sale and completed by Meares II, hence before 1725 (as with the Lewis/Meares at Metropolitan Museum, but Lisbon instrument was more incomplete when Lewis died). Baines 1968, p. 4 (in entry for V&A’s Meares) inexplicably says this instrument is “dated 1637”.