This illustration of a violin by Richard Duke was published in The Strad, August 1972. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
One of the best of our native workmen active during the second half of the eighteenth century was Richard Duke who worked in London from around 1750 to 1780.
Duke copied both Stainer and Amati and occasionally Stradivari. He was a neat and careful workman. He used both hand written and printed labels, besides frequently stamping his name under the button. His work is by no means so scarce as is frequently represented. Besides his violins he made a number of excellent violas including a few very short instruments of squat proportions in which he unsuccessfully endeavoured to compensate for deficient length by adding to the breadth of the body. He seems to have made very few violincellos.
The example of Duke's work illustrated follows the Amati model. It is unfortunately without a label, but has the maker's brand under the button. It is believed to date from around 1770-1780. The one-piece back is handsome maple with sides of similarly figured wood. The table is of pine of medium grain, and the scroll is particularly well carved and typical of the maker. The principal measurements are as follows: Length of Body 14 inches; Upper Bouts 6 3/8 inches full; Lower Bouts 8 inches.