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Harp Collection

"The Harp: A Timeless Instrument of Beauty and Inspiration" The harp, often referred to as "The Bard, " has captivated hearts for centuries. From the enchanting c

Background imageHarp Collection: Raphael Kirchner - Art Nouveau Girl playing the harp

Raphael Kirchner - Art Nouveau Girl playing the harp from the Greek Virgins postcard series. Date: 1900

Background imageHarp Collection: Finn McCool Hears Fairy Harp

Finn McCool Hears Fairy Harp
Finn McCool hears the fairy harp

Background imageHarp Collection: Various musical instruments

Various musical instruments

Background imageHarp Collection: The Bard, c. 1817 (oil on canvas)

The Bard, c. 1817 (oil on canvas)
XYC136233 The Bard, c.1817 (oil on canvas) by Martin, John (1789-1854); 127x101.5 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Background imageHarp Collection: Liszt conducting in Budapest

Liszt conducting in Budapest
Franzi Liszt conducting his new Oratorio at Budapest, Hungary, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageHarp Collection: Irish Brigade memorial on Little Round Top, Gettysburg battlefield

Irish Brigade memorial on Little Round Top, Gettysburg battlefield
Irish wolfhound on the monument to NYs Irish Brigade, Little Round Top, Gettysburg Battlefield. Photograph

Background imageHarp Collection: The Charmer, 1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse

The Charmer, 1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse
The Charmer, 1911. From The Studio Volume 71. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1917]

Background imageHarp Collection: Angel with halo and butterfly wings playing harp

Angel with halo and butterfly wings playing harp

Background imageHarp Collection: New bobbed hair conductor for London symphony orchestra. Miss Ethel Leginska

New bobbed hair conductor for London symphony orchestra. Miss Ethel Leginska, the young woman from Hull with the bobbed hair

Background imageHarp Collection: Optical photo of the star Sirius using star filter

Optical photo of the star Sirius using star filter
The two bright stars just below centre are Alpha Centauri (left) & Beta Centauri. To their right are the four stars forming the constellation of the Southern Cross, or Crux Australis

Background imageHarp Collection: HARPIST

HARPIST
A medieval lady plays a small harp

Background imageHarp Collection: Female Centaur & Harp

Female Centaur & Harp
A centauress gallops with a harp in one hand, a two-legged friend in the other, with whom she is making music

Background imageHarp Collection: Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485- 1500 (oil on panel)

Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485- 1500 (oil on panel)
XOS741951 Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485- 1500 (oil on panel) by Master of the Legend of St. Lucy (fl.1475-1505); 199.2 x 161.8 cm; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Background imageHarp Collection: Musical Instruments 1883

Musical Instruments 1883
Various musicians playing various instruments: a harp, a lyre, pipes, hunting horn. Pipes of Pan are also in evidence

Background imageHarp Collection: Harp with yellow flowers on a cutout greetings card

Harp with yellow flowers on a cutout greetings card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageHarp Collection: Membership certificate, Ancient Order of Druids

Membership certificate, Ancient Order of Druids, illustrated with a Druid playing a harp, with Stonehenge in the background

Background imageHarp Collection: Two golden harps on a cutout greetings card

Two golden harps on a cutout greetings card with a country scene. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageHarp Collection: Federal recruiting poster for 69th Regiment, appealing to Irish immigrants (colour litho)

Federal recruiting poster for 69th Regiment, appealing to Irish immigrants (colour litho)
PNP270116 Federal recruiting poster for 69th Regiment, appealing to Irish immigrants (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHarp Collection: Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791. Creator: Rose Adelaide Ducreux

Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791. Creator: Rose Adelaide Ducreux
Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791

Background imageHarp Collection: Storyteller reciting Viking sagas

Storyteller reciting Viking sagas
Viking bard singing of heroic legends to Northmen. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageHarp Collection: Greeting from Ireland - postcard

Greeting from Ireland - postcard
Greetings from Ireland - a souvenir postcard

Background imageHarp Collection: Musical Angels

Musical Angels
Musical angels fly past

Background imageHarp Collection: Angel Playing Harp

Angel Playing Harp
An angel plays a harp

Background imageHarp Collection: King David Playing the Harp, 1622. Artist: Honthorst, Gerrit, van (1590-1656)

King David Playing the Harp, 1622. Artist: Honthorst, Gerrit, van (1590-1656)
King David Playing the Harp, 1622. Found in the collection of the Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Background imageHarp Collection: King David. Drawing for the rose window of the Cathedral of

King David. Drawing for the rose window of the Cathedral of Leon. 14th century. Paper, gouache. Leon Cathedral Chapter. Castile and Leon. Spain

Background imageHarp Collection: Italian noble woman playing a harp, 14th century

Italian noble woman playing a harp, 14th century.. Handcolored illustration drawn and lithographed by Paul Mercuri with text by Camille Bonnard from Historical Costumes from the 12th to 15th

Background imageHarp Collection: Home rule for Ireland

Home rule for Ireland
Home Rule For Ireland poster, 1892 Date: 1892

Background imageHarp Collection: HARPO MARX, 1935. Harpo Marx in A Night at the Opera, 1935

HARPO MARX, 1935. Harpo Marx in A Night at the Opera, 1935

Background imageHarp Collection: The Spirit of Chivalry, c. 1845 (oil on canvas)

The Spirit of Chivalry, c. 1845 (oil on canvas)
BAL8021 The Spirit of Chivalry, c.1845 (oil on canvas) by Maclise, Daniel (Croquis, Alfred) (1806-70); 125.8x84.8 cm; Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust

Background imageHarp Collection: The little harper (engraving)

The little harper (engraving)
2792658 The little harper (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The little harper. Illustration for Chatterbox (1884)

Background imageHarp Collection: Madame Malibran (1808-36) in the Role of Desdemona, 1830 (oil on canvas)

Madame Malibran (1808-36) in the Role of Desdemona, 1830 (oil on canvas)
XIR161035 Madame Malibran (1808-36) in the Role of Desdemona, 1830 (oil on canvas) by Decaisne, Henri (1799-1852); Musee de la Vie Romantique, Paris

Background imageHarp Collection: The Virgin of the Rose Bush (oil on panel)

The Virgin of the Rose Bush (oil on panel)
XIR155396 The Virgin of the Rose Bush (oil on panel) by Lochner, Stephan (fl.1442-1451); 50.5x40 cm; Wallraf Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany; (add.info.: La Vierge au Buisson de Roses; ); German

Background imageHarp Collection: Pythagoreans Hymn to the Rising Sun, 1869 (oil on canvas)

Pythagoreans Hymn to the Rising Sun, 1869 (oil on canvas)
BAL134943 Pythagoreans Hymn to the Rising Sun, 1869 (oil on canvas) by Bronnikov, Fedor Andreevich (1827-1902); 99.7x161 cm; Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageHarp Collection: BELFAST: RIOT, 1872. Orangemen (Irish Protestants) attacking a Catholic procession in Belfast

BELFAST: RIOT, 1872. Orangemen (Irish Protestants) attacking a Catholic procession in Belfast, Ulster, August 1872. Wood engraving from a contemporary English newspaper

Background imageHarp Collection: Medieval frolics: wine, women and song

Medieval frolics: wine, women and song
An alfresco medieval social gathering, with mixed bathing and music making. Date: c.1430

Background imageHarp Collection: Dance / Chile / La Cueca

Dance / Chile / La Cueca
Dancing the Cueca

Background imageHarp Collection: Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church: An Angel Harpist

Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church: An Angel Harpist
1217852 Design for stained glass in Lyndhurst Church: An Angel Harpist, 1862 (brown and blue washes over graphite) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); 54x54 cm; Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHarp Collection: The dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon - Bible

The dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon - Bible
3779949 The dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon - Bible by Hole, William Brassey (1846-1917); (add.info.: The dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon)

Background imageHarp Collection: The Welsh Harpers (engraving)

The Welsh Harpers (engraving)
5231112 The Welsh Harpers (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Welsh Harpers)

Background imageHarp Collection: The Improvised Concert, or The Price of Harmony, 1790. Artist: Boilly, Louis-Leopold (1761-1845)

The Improvised Concert, or The Price of Harmony, 1790. Artist: Boilly, Louis-Leopold (1761-1845)
The Improvised Concert, or The Price of Harmony, 1790. Found in the collection of Musee de l Hotel Sandelin, Saint-Omer

Background imageHarp Collection: Harp Maker 1827

Harp Maker 1827
A musical instrument maker stringing a harp. Date: 1827

Background imageHarp Collection: O Hark! O Hear!, illustration to The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

O Hark! O Hear!, illustration to The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
XJF438467 O Hark! O Hear!, illustration to The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1875 (albumen print) by Cameron, Julia Margaret (1815-79); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHarp Collection: Street music: hurdy gurdy player, 1857

Street music: hurdy gurdy player, 1857
A hurdy gurdy player performing on the street, accompanied by two violins and a harp. Date: 1857

Background imageHarp Collection: Angel Playing Harp

Angel Playing Harp
An angel plays the harp as Easter dawns

Background imageHarp Collection: John William Draper / Harp

John William Draper / Harp
JOHN WILLIAM DRAPER American scientist and author, born in England Date: 1811 - 1882

Background imageHarp Collection: Burmese Harp

Burmese Harp
The Burmese Harp, an easily portable instrument, featured in a memorable Japanese film, The Burmese Harp Date: 19th century

Background imageHarp Collection: 16th Century Musicians 1

16th Century Musicians 1
A piper performs with players of three types of stringed instruments - a rebec, a lute and a harp

Background imageHarp Collection: Alfred in Danes Camp

Alfred in Danes Camp
Alfred the Great disguises himself as a wandering musician and plays the harp in the camp of the Danes while gathering information about their military strength



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"The Harp: A Timeless Instrument of Beauty and Inspiration" The harp, often referred to as "The Bard, " has captivated hearts for centuries. From the enchanting c. 1817 oil painting by Raphael Kirchner depicting an Art Nouveau girl gracefully playing the harp, to various musical instruments showcasing its melodic prowess, this instrument holds a special place in our cultural heritage. Even on historic battlefields like Gettysburg's Little Round Top, where the Irish Brigade memorial stands tall, the harp symbolizes resilience and unity through music. Its strings echo tales of bravery and sorrow that transcend time. In John William Waterhouse's masterpiece "The Charmer" from 1911, we witness a captivating scene where a mesmerizing figure delicately plucks at the harp strings. The artist skillfully captures not only her beauty but also the ethereal power of this instrument. Liszt conducting in Budapest brings us into a world of grandeur and harmony. As his baton guides musicians playing their respective instruments, it is the harmonious chords of the harp that add an extra layer of magic to Liszt's symphony. An angel with halo and butterfly wings graces our imagination while serenading celestial realms with her heavenly melodies on a golden-hued harp. This image reminds us that music can transport us beyond earthly boundaries. Breaking barriers in tradition was Miss Ethel Leginska - London Symphony Orchestra's new bobbed hair conductor. Her talent defied societal norms as she led orchestras with grace and precision; perhaps even strumming those delicate harp strings herself. Centuries ago, Mary Queen of Heaven was depicted holding a beautiful wooden panel adorned with intricate carvings resembling a majestic harp. This portrayal showcases how deeply embedded this instrument is within religious iconography throughout history. Musical Instruments from 1883 capture an era when craftsmanship met artistry; the harp stands proudly among its counterparts, a testament to its timeless allure.