Harp Lute

Maker: Edward Light (British, London ca. 1747–ca. 1832 London)

Date: ca. 1815

Geography: London, England, United Kingdom

Culture: British

Medium: Wood, lacquered and gilded

Dimensions: Overall: 35.2 x 12.9 x 84.1 cm (13 7/8 x 5 1/16 x 33 1/8 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted

Credit Line: Funds from various donors, 1950

Accession Number: 50.184.1


The harplike pillar supports diatonically tuned bass strings to extend the range of the fretted strings. The pitch of the bass strings could be raised a semitone by finger-operated ring stops that work very much like pedals on a harp.