This illustration of a violin by John Hare was published in The Strad, October 1913. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
The work of this capital old English maker is by no means so plentiful as could be wished, having regard to its intrinsic excellence.
The example under notice is authenticated by Messrs. Hill. The workmanship of the body is bold, massive, and the finish exceptional. Only the head leaves something to be desired, being a rather weak design when compared with the other details.
The instrument is of Stradivari pattern, though not built on the lines of the long Strad it is of large dimensions and corresponds fairly nearly with some of the large violins the master built about 1679 and 1690.
The chief measurements are: Length of body 14 3/16 inches; width of upper bouts 6 ½ inches; lower bouts 8 ¼ inches bare; height of sides 1 1/8 to 1 3/16 inches.
The varnish of a brownish red hue is clear and brilliant texture, is quite remarkable. Hare’s varnish was exceptionally fine, contrasted with that of most of his contemporaries.
The wood is well chosen both for tone and appearance; the belly a resonant piece of pine, and the back of right good ‘hare’ wood; the pun I am afraid is atrocious, but unavoidable.
The soundholes are boldly cut, and the tone of the violin, as might be expected, is broad, resonant, and well matured.
The label is original, and runs: ‘John Hare at ye Viol and Flute
near the Royal Exchange in Cornhill London 1720.’