Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1712, the 'Darnley, Eldina Bligh'
Bearing its original label.
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Upper bouts: 16.8 cm
Middle bouts: 11.3 cm
Lower bouts: 20.8 cm
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Notes:"It was bought from J.B. Vuillaume in 1840-60 and brought to this Country by Mr. Bligh, a son of the Earl of Darnley and a well known amateur of that period, who also possessed a Stradivari 'cello. He retained possession of the violin for many years and, subsequently bequeatheed it to his daughter who was trained as a violinist at Dresden and Brussels. In 1912-13, she married a Hungarian nobleman and, on leaving England to take up her residence in Hungary, decided to part with the violin which then passed into our hands. Its next owner was a Scotch amateur and its subsequent history is well known to you."
Letter from W.E. Hill to Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
|-||Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume|
|until 1912||Eldina Bligh|
|from 1912||W. E. Hill & Sons|
|until 1915||Hart & Son|
|1915 - 1926||Captain H. S. Murray|
|until 1928||W. E. Hill & Sons|
|1928 - 1929||Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.|
|from 1929||Alden Rogers|
|in 1945||Current owner|
Certificates & Documents
- Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1929) #5713.
- Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1927)
- Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1927)
Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)
- Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
- How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
- Violins & Violinists, April, 1939, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
- Letter from W.E. Hill to Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., July 29, 1927
- Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
- W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)