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Justin Hitchcock (1752-1822) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, made this bass viol in 1770. An itinerant singing master told Justin Hitchcock to give up trying to learn to sing, but Hitchcock persevered. He eventually became an accomplished musician, leading the church choir and playing this bass viol of his own making. Instruments like this provided accompaniment at a time when most New England meeting houses did not have organs.


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Bass Viol

creator   Justin Hitchcock (1752-1822)
date   1770
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   49.5"
width   15.5"
depth   4.5"
process/materials   pine
item type   Communication/Musical Tools and Equipment
accession #   #1886.28

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"Remarks and Observations" by Justin Hitchcock

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