Harpsichord

Scope and Content

Maker: William Foster.

Place of production: Unknown.

Inscription: William Foster.

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 316 Instrument using strings stretched across an open frame

Administrative / Biographical History

This instrument is the inspiration for the harpsichord featured in the first chapter of Burgess's novel Earthly Powers (1980): while surveying his Maltese home, Kenneth Toomey comments "Over there was the William Foster harpsichord, which I had bought for