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    This picture has been labeled mandolin in the Wikimedia Commons. It was painted in 1762 by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). I am thinking it may be a mandola, based on its size, and have tentatively added that to the image description there: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...rs._Froude.jpg. Any opinions?

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    It seems to have five pairs of strings which probably makes it a Cittern. Reynolds was the top Portraitist of his time so I guess he'd have an eye for accurate detail. It's a great painting.

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    It seems to have five pairs of strings which probably makes it a Cittern.
    If a cittern, could it be an English guitar?

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    Looks to me that the fret spacing is out and the bridge needs moving towards the neck! Or is it art?

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    I guess you need big hair to play those English guitars. Here's another one.

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    Got a book with several pics of citterns. I found one on the internet that looks similar to the painting. This was done by Johannes Theodorus Cuypers in 1776:

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    Cittern or English guitar purchased by Thomas Jefferson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqke View Post
    Got a book with several pics of citterns. I found one on the internet that looks similar to the painting. This was done by Johannes Theodorus Cuypers in 1776:

    Won't let me upload tonight, but link is https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cistre...,_MDMB_459.jpg
    Here it is:

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