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.

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.

St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room & Music Museum

50 Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG
0131 650 2600

Opening times

Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm, last admission 4:30pm

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