Posted by Hilary on January 03, 1998 at 23:28:07:
In response to Men, men, men, men, written by Jessamyn on January 03, 1998 at 20:38:07
Violins were definitely not as ladylike as harps or pianofortes. By a long shot. Violins were flashy performance instruments (tacky, like acting) or dance accompaniments (you wouldn't want to be confused with a lowly dancing-master!). It really isn't until the very late 19th century that you start seeing paintings of ladies holding violins, and not until the turn of this century that professional female violinists began to appear in concert.
Thanks very much for you answer and for the link.
(Oh well; there goes one of my few perpective "accomplishments" in the Regency period. But whadda ya mean, tacky?? ;-))
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