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 Museum of Instruments

Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ
0131 650 2806

Opening times

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

Back to top