Violin by

Thomas Kennedy
London, 1846

Thomas Kennedy learned instrument making from his father, John Kennedy. He later worked for Thomas Powell and William Forster III. Like many of his contemporaries, Kennedy soon abandoned the Stainer-inspired prevailing models in favor of a Stradivari model.

This fine violin was made late in Kennedy’s life when he was located on Oxford Street, as indicated on the label. It loosely follows a Stradivari pattern with flat arches, and is covered with fine orange-brown oil varnish. It has a strong sound of fine quality and remains in a very pure state of preservation.