Double-manual harpsichord by Francis Coston

The quality of painting on the soundboard, a richly decorative arrangement of flowers, birds and foliage, makes the instrument a fine example of a British decorated harpsichord.


91 x 238 x 88 cm
Art Fund grant:
£12,500 ( Total: £50,000)
Acquired in:
Mrs R Steedman

It is almost certain that Handel knew Coston, and played on his instruments, a rare connection between Handel and a contemporary harpsichord maker, and one which gives this instrument even greater musicological and musical interest.


Dowager Lady Heathcote; Mr Hamilton; by descent to Mrs R.Steedman.

Venue details

St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments Niddry Street, Cowgate, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH1 1NQ 0131 650 2806

Entry details

Free to all

Tues – Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, last admission 4:30 pm.

Sat: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, last admission 4:30 pm.

Saturdays in August: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, last admission 4:30 pm