From the Archive: the ‘General Kyd’ Stradivarius violin, Cremona, 1714


This illustration of the ‘General Kyd’ Stradivarius was published in The Strad, January 1962. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs

During the ten years from 1710 to 1720, Stradivarius constructed many of his finest instruments, for it will be found that more outstanding examples of his genius date from this period than from any other decade of his long life.

Although Stradivarius had reached his 70th year in 1714, over 20 more productive years still lay ahead...


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