The Viotti ex-Bruce Violin by Antonio Stradivari

The violin is named after its celebrated former owner, Giovanni Battista Viotti who spent much of his life in London and was the most influential violinist of his day in all of Europe.


Maple & spruce
Length: 36 cm
Art Fund grant:
£151,000 ( Total: £1,750,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Estate of the late JFL Bruce

It is considered to be one of the four greatest Stradivari violins in existence and is virtually unique due to its fresh state of preservation and beauty.


Giovanni Battista Viotti; Mr. Menessier, 1824; Mr Brochant de Villiers; Mr Meunié, 1860; Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume; Pierre Silvestre on behalf of William E Hill & Sons, 1897; Baron Knoop, 1897; Mr R C Baker, 1905; Lewis Bruce; JFL Bruce.

Venue details

Royal Academy of Music Museum Marylebone Road, LONDON London NW1 5HT 020 7873 7443

Entry details

Free to all

Mon – Fri, 11.30am – 5.30pm
Sat, 12noon – 4pm

Closed Sun, Bank Holidays and all Dec