Violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milan, c.1753

Object type
instrument
Description
Stringed instrument: Violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milan, c.1753

The Guadagnini 1754 (Milan) violin was given to the Academy in 1899 by Ida Freund, niece of the instrument's previous owner the Hungarian violinist and professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music Ludwig Straus (1835-99). Straus owned the violin from 1894 until his death. Ludwig Straus studied at the Conservatoire in Vienna from 1842-44 under Hellmesberger and later with Bohm until 1850, making a successful debut as a soloist in 1853. Straus arrived in London in 1864 and in the following year was appointed leader at the Philharmonic Society, and also a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

Info taken from The Committee of Management minute book entry 8 November 1899
Artist/Maker
Date made
c.1753
Notes
The instrument was bequeathed to the Academy by the Hungarian violinist Ludwig Straus (1835-99) who studied at the Conservatoire in Vienna from 1842-44 under Hellmesberger and later with Bohm until 1850. He made a successful debut as a soloist in 1853. In 1864 he arrived in London and in the following year was appointed leader at the Philharmonic Society, and also became a professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1888 he settled in Manchester where he led the Halle Orchestra.
Classification
woodwork
Technique
joined
Material
maple, spruce, ebony
Object type
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (length)
Neck 130.5 mm
Stop 193 mm
Back 355 mm
Upper Bout 166.75 mm
Middle Bout 108.75 mm
Lower Bout 203 mm
Back (with caliper) 353 mm
Upper Bout (with caliper) 165 mm
Middle Bout (with caliper) 113 mm
Lower Bout (with caliper) 202.75 mm
Total String Length mm
Accession No
2002.453

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