Lewis will consider the musical use of Hochbrucker's harp, drawing on printed music, and documentary and pictorial sources, and the prospect of using the reconstructed harp in contemporary practice. He will then compare mid-eighteenth century use of the harp with domestic harp and guitar playing by women at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, represented in the earliest photographs ever taken of music making (c1840), by William Henry Fox Talbot.
Image: Horatia playing Amelina's harp (neg, reversed) from the Science Museum
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