Mandolins, Bouzoukis, etc….
X-ray of a mandolin made by luthier Lynn Dudentbostel.
It’s not easy to see what’s inside the mandolin…X-ray helps
Mandolin & Case
Both the instrument and the case are very interesting and beautiful!
Mary Hopkinson (c.1764). Benjamin West (American, 1738-1820). Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Mary Hopkinson was the wife of Dr. John Morgan, chief surgeon of the Continental army and founder of the Penn Medical School. West painted from a miniature of Mary brought to London. The mandolin was a fashionable instrument for aristocratic ladies. She wears a lavish pink satin gown with a sable collar and pearls. This outfit was not typical dress for colonial women, but was invented by West to conjure 18th-century European tastes for all things related to the Orient.
This is not a mandolin, it is an English guittar!
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