In Focus: an 1844 violin by Thomas Hardie


David Rattray examines an instrument by the Scottish maker

During the first half of the 19th century, Edinburgh was home to a distinguished group of violin makers, spurred on by classical works owned by well-heeled amateurs and visiting professional musicians. Led by the pre-eminent and influential Matthew Hardie, these luthiers created a distinct style drawing on Amatise, Stradivarian and Venetian forms. Hardie’s circle included William Ferguson, John Blair, David Stirrat, and his own son and pupil, Thomas.

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