This illustration of a violin by Benjamin Banks was published in The Strad, May 1970. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Benjamin Banks of Salisbury was without doubt one of the finest makers this country has produced. Fortunately for posterity he was one of the first to relinquish the then popular Stainer model in favour of that Nicolo Amati whose instruments were beginning to attract the favourable attention of many discerning professional violinists of his day. Banks was born in Salisbury in 1727 and died in 1795.
The violin illustrated is a representative example of Banks’s best work. This handsome violin modelled after the Grand pattern of Nicolo Amati is in an excellent state of preservation and is covered with a fine transparent deep red-brown varnish. The two piece table is of spruce with a well marked grain widening towards the edges. The two piece back is of maple cut on the quarter with an irregular figure. The wood of the sides is marked by a small figure. The scroll has been carved from a block of unfigured maple.
The principal dimensions are: Length 14 inches bare; Upper Bouts, 6 ½ inches; Middle Bouts, 4 ½ inches; Lower Bouts, 8 ½ inches.