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.