Barak Norman (English, 1651–1724)
L. 25 1/8 in. (63.7 cm)
Labeled: Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in St. Paul's Ally / London Fecit 1692.
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1990 (1990.223)
The instrument was restored by the noted English maker George Saint George in 1899. He fitted a new neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece, transferring the original decorative inlaid facing to the new parts. This instrument, previously converted to a cello, was reconverted to a gamba by the noted English maker George Saint George in 1899 when he fitted it with a new neck and fingerboard. The instrument was received further repairs in 1956 by Dietrich M. Kessler.