The Musician – 1887

By Léon François Comerre, French Academic School.  I think this familiar looking instrument comes from Africa via the Arabic world and is generally called a tanbūr. A sort of distant uncle to the modern banjo, America’s African instrument. The only thing missing is the drone string. Advertisements

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Musician

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On the Road

Musicians hitting the road. Vintage photo found on Tumblr HERE.  No other information was supplied.  Got the guitar, dog, and stove.  Let’s go…

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Wandering Minstral

Another painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893).  An itinerant fiddler plays for a family in a Scottish lane.  I can’t help but think the father looking out has a skeptical look; possibly wondering what this will cost in the end.  Music and storytelling were a very different commodity prior to recordings and the […]

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