Viola like this example, are bowed stringed musical instruments very similar to violins is shape, size and pitch range. Unlike the violin, however, the viola has a different timbre, richer and dark toned, more full-bodied than the one of the violin. This viola was made by Simon Andrew Forster, London, in 1839, recorded in Sandys and Forster's book on the violin as the first made by him. Simon Andrew Forster was the fourth son of Will Forster Junior, and with W Sandys was joint author of "The History of the Violin". The back is a whole piece of maple, marked by a very small curl, the head matching. The sides are made of a stronger curl and the varnish of a deep red colour. The belly is made of pine and the violin has a double purfling. The neck and tail piece are possibly made of ebony. The violin has an inscription, bearing S.A. Forster, violin, tenor and violoncello maker. N 1 London and initials. This viola is stored in a black leathered case lined with light blue velvet.The case has a lock and key to open it. Inside the case there is a label bearing W. E. Hill and Sons/ Violin Makers, 140 New Bond Street, London. The viola was purchased by Miss S. H. Mounsey- Heysham from W.E. Hill & Sons, New Bond Street, London, together with other two stringed musical instruments.
Forster, Simon Andrew
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London (Timezone: Europe/London)