The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

28 Tobin

Description: this violin is a fine old English instrument, the work of Richard Tobin of London. It dates from c.1820. It is a fine and characteristic example of the maker’s work.

Measurements: 35.5cm full in length of body, with widths of 16.5cm and 20.4cm.

Violin maker: Tobin, Richard . Born 1766 Republic of Ireland, died 1847 London UK. Apprenticed to Thomas Perry in Dublin 1792-1798. Worked briefly for Bartholomew Murphy in Cork. One instrument bearing his label gives Waterford as his residence in 1800. Moved to London; said to have been on the advice of V. Panormo who had earlier worked for Perry. Earliest London work is dated 1810 and appears to have been made under the aegis of Lockey Hill. A violin dated 1817 is signed ‘R. Tobin for L. Hill’ internally. Established in St Leonard Street, Finsbury Square, and from 1823 in his own premises at 9 West Street, Soho. Very accurate and finely finished work in classical Italian styles. He has the reputation of being the finest scroll carver in London in his time, and his hand can be recognized on many instruments with the shop label of Betts, Dodd , and Gilkes. Instruments often signed internally on the table; sometimes branded below back button. Authentic labels extremely rare. [John Dilworth]

I have been extremely fortunate as I enter my  professional career, to have been accepted on the loan scheme with the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation and now play on the wonderful Tobin violin. 
A passionate musician, I am focussed and hardworking and the Tobin violin is a continuous source of inspiration- helping fine tune both my musicality and technique.  At 23 years of age, I embark on my professional path – incorporating many auditions and freelance work in different venues and ensembles and feel that the Tobin violin has armed me with further assurance and confidence and the opportunity to reach another level musically thus enabling me to embrace the next stage in my musical career with continued determination and resilience. 

Emma Pantel, April 2018