Violin by Robert Thompson, London, 1764

Violin by Robert Thompson, London, 1764

About Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson was one of the English violin makers who worked around St Paul's churchyard during the 18th century. Robert and his elder brother Peter set up a successful business in the area, later passing the workshop to Robert's sons Charles and Samuel.

The instruments of the Thompson family are typical of fine London work of the period, being based on a Stainer model and made at differing grades depending on the requirements of the customer.

About the violin

The violin was made in London in 1764 and is modelled after the instruments of Jacob Stainer. The original label tells us that it was made at the sign of the bass violin in Paul's Alley, St Paul's Churchyard.

The violin has a one piece back of highly-figured maple of narrow flame. The ribs are of similar wood and the scroll is of broader flamed maple. The one piece front is of straight-grained spruce with an interesting figuration to the centre.

The violin has a length of back of 355 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a very round and resonant tonal character. It is very responsive, with only the lightest of touches needed to engage the string. The violin has quite a unique sound with a compelling and musical balance of colour, projection and immediacy of response.


The violin is in excellent restored condition.


The violin bears its original manuscript label and comes with a letter of authenticity from David Rattray.

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