Violin by Emanuel Whitmarsh, London, 1908

Violin by Emanuel Whitmarsh, London, 1908

About Emanuel Whitmarsh

Emanuel Whitmarsh is a fascinating maker, having started off his professional life as a stone mason. At a time when the journey towards becoming a luthier was usually highly traditional, it is hugely interesting to see such a successful example of a more unusual beginning. Whitmarsh was self taught as a violin maker and yet was employed as a repairer by various London shops and produced instruments which are much sought-after today.

About this violin

This violin was made in 1908, the year that Whitmarsh moved his workshop from Kentish Town to Dalston. The violin is a personal interpretation of a Stradivari model.

The violin has a two piece back of book-matched maple with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is a delicate reddish colour.

The violin has a length of back of 360 mm

How does it sound?

This violin sounds of its time. There is a vinyl quality to the tone production, both smooth and also with some grainy texture, all at once. It projects well with an interesting and characterful charm. Whilst not for everyone, this violin works very well and will suit the right player brilliantly.


The violin is in very good condition.

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