Guitar

The English guitar was in vogue from about 1750 until 1790, and was particularly popular among fashionable ladies in both Scotland and England. The modern Portuguese guitar is descended from this type of instrument. Although it was made in about 1780 or later, this instrument was slightly more old-fashioned in that it was plucked with nails rather than struck with keys, and tuned with wooden pegs rather than small bolts that were turned by a watch-key. This English guitar was made by Joseph Rudiman (1733-1810), widely regarded as the best Scotch violin and cello maker of his day.