Thomas Hitchcock Spinet

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Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Thomas Hitchcock in London, around 1703-1710. It is a bentside spinet with a compass of GG - g3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This instrument has a spruce soundboard, and ebony naturals with ivory arcade front and “skunk tail” accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed: “Thomas Hitchcock Londini Fecit No. 1228.” The jackrail is inscribed: “ACTI LABORES JUCUNDI” (labors are pleasant).
The inseparable case is made of walnut with two large ornamented brass hinges. The keyboard cover has three smaller brass hinges and a brass lock plate. The stand with turned legs is not original.
Thomas Hitchcock was a prolific spinet maker, producing over a thousand instruments in his lifetime. There is only one known full-size harpsichord by Thomas Hitchcock which is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Currently not on view
date made
Hitchcock, Thomas
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
instrument: 7 in x 73 3/4 in x 27 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 187.325 cm x 69.215 cm
overall: harpsichord: 7 in x 73 1/2 in x 28 in; 17.78 cm x 186.69 cm x 71.12 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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