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Stradivarius 1702 Violin

“Lord Newlands”

  • “Lord Newlands”
  • “Lord Newlands”


The back is in one piece of wood, marked by a handsome irregular curl. That of the sides and head are similar. The table is marked by fine grain at the center, slightly more open towards the flanks. The varnish is a rich gold color with an orange tint. This violin is a typical example of Stradivari’s work, of handsome appearance. Its outstanding condition proves that the violin had been receiving great care and attention over the last centuries. It also has an outstanding reputation tonally; when the distinguished violinist Isaac Stern (1920-2001) played on it, he told that the violin had the power he expected from his Guarneris.


The name of this violin was taken from the ownership by Lord Newlands (1825-1906) of England who kept it throughout his life with great care.

This instrument belonged for many years to a French amateur Mr. Wittering. On his death in 1876 it was purchased by David Laurie, the well-known dealer of that period, and was brought to Scotland in 1877 when it was sold to an amateur player Mr. William Croall. Mr. Croall retained the violin in his possession until around 1884 when it again passed into the hands of Mr. Laurie, who sold it to Col. Hozier, who subsequently became Lord Newlands. Lord Newlands retained possession of the violin with great care until his death when it passed to his son. Subsequently it was acquired by an amateur Mr.R.E. Brandt, from whom W. E. Hill & Sons obtained the violin and sold it in 1916 to Miss Rhoda Backhouse. In 1961, the violin was re-acquired by W. E. Hill & Sons, offered to Mr. Dunbar in 1962 but returned in 1964 to W. E. Hill & Sons. In 1982, it was sold to Mr.S.Saba who was the owner of a very select collection of fine violins. In 1973, it was exhibited at CINOA Exhibit, Assembly Rooms in Bath, England, representing the instruments owned by W. E. Hill & Sons. In June 2002, Nippon Music Foundation acquired this instrument from Edmonton (Music) Limited through a luthier.


Stradivarius 1702 Violin “Lord Newlands”

June 20, 2002 John & Arthur Beare, to Nippon Music Foundation
November 28, 1994 Etienne VATELOT, to Suhil F. Saba
May 17, 1982 W. E. Hill & Sons, to Suhil F. Saba


Stradivarius 1702 Violin “Lord Newlands”

April 5, 2002 Andrew Hill, Report to Nippon Music Foundation
May 17, 1982 W. E. Hill & Sons, History letter to Suhil F. Saba
April 15, 1921 W. E. Hill & Sons, History letter to Rhoda Backhouse

Hill Book (P.50)

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