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Viola Joseph Hill School London c.1770


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Fine old English viola of the Joseph Hill school, London, 1770.

Joseph Hill (I) was born in 1715 at Alvechurch, Worcestershire, he died in 1784 in London.

He moved to London after 1746 and probably gained employment at the workshop of the late Peter Wamsley. By 1753 he had established his own independent workshops in High Holborn, London, moving to Angel Court, Westminster in 1756, from 1761 he worked at the sign of the ‘Harp & Flute’ in Pall Mall, and finally in Haymarket from 1765-1780. From 1773-1776 the business was known as ‘Joseph Hill & Sons’ and in c.1780, his eldest son, Joseph (II), took over management of the shop, the elder Joseph retiring to Avery Row, New Bond Street.

A prolific maker on refined Stainer and Amati models.

The one piece back of faint curl running horizontally across the back.

The ribs, peg box and scroll similar.

The two piece front of spruce of medium-fine grain.

The varnish of a warm amber orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.

  • Length og back 378mm
  • Width upper bout 183mm
  • Width middle bout 128mm
  • Width lower bout 230mm

Additional information

Weight3.2 kg
Dimensions83.5 × 31 × 19 cm


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