In Focus: An 1807 violin by William Ferguson

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David Rattray details an instrument by the Scottish maker

William Ferguson was one of Edinburgh’s earliest violin makers. Born in the city in 1769, he made his first known works around 1804. These include violins and violas, which appear strongly influenced by the work of Matthew Hardie. Stylistic comparisons would make it most probable that the two men had collaborated before that time…

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