Wednesday, January 14, 2009

William Quiller Orchardson - Music

["Music when soft voices die / Vibrates in the Memory" Shelley]
oil on canvas
c. 1882 (when exhibited at the RA)
Orchardson collected musical instruments and furniture and this shows a cabinet pianofiorte which was owned by him and is now in the V & A Museum. It was made by Van Der Hoef of Amsterdam c. 1810.


Anonymous said...

What an exquisite instrument. I've never seen anything like it. A cabinet pianoforte is new to me.

Hermes said...

And to me though they seem to have been fairly common in the Regency period. It would need a Big room by the look of it.