Harp at South Kensington
known as the V. & A. Harp

Harp at South Kensington

Drawing by Robert Bruce Armstrong, from The Irish and Highland Harps

Feature Detail
Date 18th century
String Count 41 originally but now 40
Height 131 cm. (51½ inches)
Soundbox Made–up box from several pieces of wood (beech?) with a cross–grained (softwood) soundboard, maximum width is 29 cm. (11½ inches)
Current Location The Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London

There is a possibility that the soundboard is a later addition or reconstructed repair, as Anthony Baines thought it appeared to be more recent.[1]

For Robert Bruce Armstrong’s account of this harp, see The Irish and Highland Harps pages 102 through 104. A photograph of the Harp at South Kensington, along with a brief description, can be found on the Victoria and Albert Museum’s website.

[1] Anthony Baines. Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. 1998, pp 77-78.