Roy's Postcards: 1984/12/31


Dear Frances - I saw this lovely harpsichord at the American History Museum. I spent 10 hours in meetings yesterday and am pretty tired. Paul Okuno drove me around some last night, but I've had no time to look around yet. I love you.

Postcard back:

The painted lid and soundboard case of a harpsichord; built in Paris in 1760 by Benoist Stehlin, are typical of the elaborate decorations that graced musical instruments of period. One of the few harpsichords to survive the French Revolution, it is now in playing condition and used in Smithsonian concerts.

Leonard's comments:

I just have this image of a line of harpsichords being led to the guillotine.

See also: smithsonian frances

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