Virginal

This virginal was made in 1642 by Thomas White of Old Jewry, London, who died in 1660. This is the second oldest dated English virginal to survive. Like other English examples of this time, this virginal is decorated with a naively painted landscape, and the soundboard is decorated with flowers like contemporary examples from Antwerp. The virginal the name is of uncertain derivation is a keyboard instrument that can be either rectangular or polygonal, and its strings, which are plucked by quills, run roughly parallel to the keyboard.