Antique Harp Lute Guitar by Barry from England 1799. Sold by Edward Light. Fernando Sor was in England when these were played.

Antique Harp Lute Guitar by Barry from England 1799. Sold by Edward Light. Fernando Sor was in England when these were played.

This is a picture of a Troubadour playing a Lute. The Lute is very similar to the guitar but has a bit of a different shape. Also a very popular instrument played but plucking the strings so that they vibrate.

This is a picture of a Troubadour playing a Lute. The Lute is very similar to the guitar but has a bit of a different shape. Also a very popular instrument played but plucking the strings so that they vibrate.

Rose from a modern-built lute, by David Van Edwards.

Rose from a modern-built lute, by David Van Edwards.

a 14 course Van Edwards lute

a 14 course Van Edwards lute

English cittern, circa 1600. A stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, descended from the Medieval citole, or citole. Its flat-back design was simpler and cheaper to construct than the lute. It was also easier to play, smaller, less delicate and more portable. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music making much as is the guitar today.

English cittern, circa 1600. A stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, descended from the Medieval citole, or citole. Its flat-back design was simpler and cheaper to construct than the lute. It was also easier to play, smaller, less delicate and more portable. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music making much as is the guitar today.

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