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Historical Images

These images are reproduced from original photographs and documents in the Clive Morley Collection. Some of the images originated with Joseph George Morley (1847-1921) and the collection was later greatly expanded by his son, John Sebastian Morley (1898-1986). As the owner of a thriving harp retail and repair business in London, John Sebastian regularly came into contact with well known harpists, who often gave him signed photographs and other publicity material. The collection includes items relating to individual harpists (listed alphabetically); duos and groups of harpists; harps; the Morley shop and workshops; and non-harpists.

We have made these items available as a resource for the study and general interest of harpists and music historians. Please contact us if you would like to use an image for a particular purpose. All images are copyright and must not be reproduced without our permission.

See also sheet music and documents from the same collection.

Harpists

Marguerite Achard
Professeur de Harpe du Conservatoire de Versailles
Business Card

Aptommas Concert Programme
Carnegie Lyceum, 13th April 1905
Front Page

Aptommas Concert Programme
Carnegie Lyceum, 13th April 1905
Inside Pages

Aptommas Concert Programme
Carnegie Lyceum, 13th April 1905
Back Page

Aptommas
Engraving and Signature

Dimitri Andreeff
London, 1912
Autograph and Photograph

Ida Audain
Photograph

Barker
Photograph

W A Belcher
Aged 12, 1897
Photograph

Venusta Brighenti
Bologna, 1907
Autograph and Photograph

Madeleine Buffardeau
Autograph and Photograph

Elodie Caselli
Professor of Harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Music, Bucharest
Business Card and Photograph

Esmeralda de Cerda
1889
Autograph and Photograph

Cheshire
Photograph

Zoe Cheshire
Autograph and Photograph

Melville Clark
Syracuse, 1901
Photograph

Hilda Coe
Autograph and Photograph

Annabel Currie
Photograph

Annabel Currie
Gaelic, Scots and Hebridean Songs with Clarsach Accompaniment a Speciality
At Liberty for Concerts, At Homes, Lectures
Publicity Brochure Front Page


Annabel Currie
Press Notices


Mary Davies
Photograph

Mildred Dilling
Autograph and Photograph

Isabel Bonar Dodds
Old Tales and Songs to the Celtic Harp in the Ancient Bardic Manner
Publicity Brochure Front Page

Isabel Bonar Dodds
Old Tales and Songs to the Celtic Harp in the Ancient Bardic Manner
Biography and Repertoire
Publicity Brochure Inside Pages

Isabel Bonar Dodds
Old Tales and Songs to the Celtic Harp in the Ancient Bardic Manner
Press Notices
Publicity Brochure Inside Pages


Charles Dubez
30th October 1894
Autograph and Photograph

Dubez
Photograph

Durand
Photograph



Miss Clara Eissler
Along with her violinist sister, Marianne, Clara was the dedicatee of Saint Saens’ Sonata for Violin and Harp. More on Clara Eissler from MUGI (in German).With grateful thanks to Alex Rider for identifying Clara Eissler for us.
Photograph


H B Fabiani
Harpist-Composer and Singing TeacherAt 75 Years Old, 5th April 1912
Autograph and Photograph

Signor Fabiani
18 Years, to Parisian Nobility. Old Italian Method condensed. Correct accent in 3 languages. Musical Rudiments, Elocution, Preluding on Piano and Harp Teacher of Singing and Piano Syracuse, NY
Business Card

Herman Fiedler
Autograph and Photograph

Fortesque
Photograph

Ernest Fraselly
Autograph and Photograph

Minnie Fricker
Autograph and Photograph

Fruegge
Colgne
Photograph

Wilfred Granger
August 1926
Autograph and Photograph

Emilie Grey
Photograph


Louis Grimm
Possible Autograph and Photograph


Louis Grimm
Possible Autograph and Photograph



Thomas Gruffydd
Photograph
With grateful thanks to Tacye Phillipson for identifying Thomas Gruffydd for us.


A M Gwen
South Wales, 1930


Yvonne Handel
March 1897


Rose Hardy
Photograph

Alphonse Hasselmans
Photograph and Signature

Otto Hegner
Photograph


Hemisch
Photograph and Signature

J C Hobbs
Photograph


Alfred Holy
Recommendation for Mr G Morley

Edouard Jacobs
Photograph


Edouard Jacobs
Photograph

Pierre Jamet
Photograph

Pierre Jamet with Dutch Harpist; Betty Morley in Background
at the International Harp Competition
Photograph

S Joden
Photograph


Stirling Jones
Publicity Brochure

Dorothy Judge
Autograph and Photograph

Alfred Kastner
Harp Professor at Royal Academy of Music, Budapest
Photograph

Alfred Kastner
Photograph and Signature

Alfred Kastner
Photograph


Pattufa and Marjory Kennedy-Fraser
Songs of the Hebrides
Publicity Brochure Front Page

Pattufa and Marjory Kennedy-Fraser
Songs of the Hebrides
Press Notices
Publicity Brochure Back Page


Vaclav Klicka
July 1913

Vaclav Klicka
1913
Photograph


Gottlieb Krueger
50th Anniversary - 1st September 1842-1892

Florence Lane
Autograph and Photograph


Florence Lane
Photograph

Mrs Larney
Light Infantry Band
Photograph and Signature


Mrs Larney
Photograph and Signature


Lily Laskine
22nd June 1907Press Notices


Laudoux
Photograph

Marie Lanier Le Roy
Aged 4, Paris
Photograph


Alice Lisedtt*
February 1914 Photograph


Giorgio Lorenzi
1909 Photograph and Signature


Mario Lorenzi
Photograph

Mario Lorenzi
1909 – Aged 14
Photograph

Mario Lorenzi
Photograph

Jenny Longhi
14th August 1909
Photograph


Jenny Longhi
Photograph

Jenny Longhi
1914
Photograph


Eugenie-Mary Loudon
1954 Photograph and Signature


Lundin
Photograph

Antonio Meo
Photograph and Signature
With grateful thanks to Tacye Phillipson for identifying Antonio Meo for us.

Mercier
Paris 1906
Student of Maignier and Hasselmans
Photograph

Betty Morley Plays a Naderman or Cousineau Hook Harp c. 1770-80
With a Morley Scroll Headed Pedal Harp in the Background
Photograph

Betty Morley Plays a Morley Clarsach
The Morley Clarsachs were made from 1880s and were generally green with Celtic style decoration
Photograph


Betty Morley
Photograph

Programme for Connradh Na Gaedhilge Ceilidh and Music Festival
Bloomsbury Hall, London, Halloween Night, 1899
Front Page

Programme for Connradh Na Gaedhilge Ceilidh and Music Festival
Bloomsbury Hall, London, Halloween Night, 1899
Including a reference to Mrs Morley performing a harp solo
Inside Pages

Roman Moshammer
Bayreuth, 1912
Photograph and Signature


Mabel Munro
Easter 1921 Photograph


Louise Mylius
Entertainment at the Albert Hall Theatre Newspaper Article

Louise Mylius
Photograph and Signature


Louise Mylius
World’s Oldest Harpist on her 100th Birthday 20th March 1932 Newpaper Article

Niles
Photograph

Louise Nordman (born Schulze)
Newspaper Cutting
With grateful thanks to Lisetta Rossi for identifying Louise Nordman for us.

Pachmann
Photograph

Josephina Partridge*
1965
Photograph

Pavesi
Postcard and Signature
With grateful thanks to Tacye Phillipson for identifying Pavesi for us.

Signor Piatti
Photograph

Angelo Francis Pinto
New York City, August 1914
Photograph and Signature
With grateful thanks to Tacye Phillipson for identifying Angelo Francis Pinto for us.

Wilhelm Posse
Photograph and Signature


Prumier Senior
Photograph

Prumier Junior
Photograph

Frank A. Raia
Photograph


Regondi
Photograph

Alwena Roberts
Photograph


Madoc Roberts of Llangollod
Harpist and Angler, Brother of John Roberts, Llandrindod. d. 1908Photograph


Fred Melenydd Roberts
His First LessonPhotograph

Fred Melenydd Roberts
The 5 Year Old Harpist

Photograph


Reuben Wood Roberts
Royal Welsh Gipsy Harpist  Photograph

Gaston Salzedo de I’Opera
Professeur de Chant, preparation du Repertoire
Business Card

Bardess Scotia
Programme for Three Recitials of Hebridean Songs
Aeolian Hall, New Bond Street, London W1
Press Notices
Front Page

Bardess Scotia
Programme for Three Recitials of Hebridean Songs Aeolian Hall, New Bond Street, London W1 Programme: Songs to the Clarsach, Unaccompanied Songs  Inside Pages


Seraste*
20th July 1907Autograph and Photograph


Seraste*
20th July 1907Autograph and Photograph


Carrie G Shelley
Autograph and Photograph


Mavis Shellshear
Autograph and Photograph


Rosa Spier
Autograph and Photograph

Rosalie Spohr
1898
Autograph and Photograph

Rosalie Spohr
1889
Autograph and Photograph

Stavenhagen
Photograph

M. Stroobants
Concertstuck for Harp and Orchestra (Op. 39) by Gabriel Pierné
First Performance in England
Photograph

Suppanic
1895
Photograph

Carmen Sylva
“Her Majesty the Queen of Roumania”
Photograph

Syama Taradi
Photograph

John Thomas
Photograph and Letter of Provenance

John Thomas Concert Programme
St James Hall, Piccadilly, 6th July 1901
Front Page


John Thomas Concert Programme
St James Hall, Piccadilly, 6th July 1901Inside Pages


Thorpe
Photograph


Mizzi Tomoller

Vienna, 1913-14
Photograph

Mizzi Tomoller
Vienna, 1913-14
Photograph

Charles Torr
Photograph

Tramonti
19th February 1898
Photograph

Vernier
Engraving


Heinrich Vitzham
Photograph and Signature

Charles Warren
Autograph and Photograph


Anna Weill
Autograph and Photograph

Wieland
Photograph


Wieland
Photograph

Gwyn Williams
1921
Autograph and Photograph


T H Wright
Photograph


Albert Zabel
Autograph and Photograph


Nicanor Zabeleta
1959Autograph and Photograph


Alfred Zamara
Photograph

Lev Zelenka-Lerando
with Lyon and Healy Harps
Photograph

Lev Zelenka-Lerando
1906
Photograph

Unidentified Harpist**
Novia Scotia Canada 1930
Photograph


Unidentified Harpist**
Photograph and Signature

Harpist Groups

Albano
Photograph


Albano
Photograph

Marinel Harp Trio (Gutman Sisters)
Photograph and Handwritten Message

Beyreuth Harp Ensemble 1901
incl. Moshammer and Holy
Photograph and Signatures

Beyreuth Festival Harp Ensemble
1911
Incl. Signatures of Moshammer Brothers
Photograph and Signatures


Group with Harp
Photograph


Maignier and Students
Photograph and Signature

Maignier and Students
Photograph and Signature


Maigner and Harp Students
Autograph and Photograph

Harp Lesson
Photograph

Harp Students, Moscow 1957
including Marina Smirnova and Ela Koasmichova
Photograph

Henry J Williams Message to Mr Morley
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, April 3rd – June 5th 1910
Photograph and Handwritten Message


Llandrinod Wells Popular Choir and Band of Roberts Brothers Harpists

As they appeared before Their Majesties at Elan Valley 21st July 1904

Photograph


Letter Concerning Provenance of Harpist Group

Taken at Abergavenny Eisteddfod 1913 4th December 1920

Letter

Novelty Greetings

Harps


Drawing of Medieval Harp Carving

Spain, A.D. 1188

Illustration


Brian Boru Harp
Photograph

Blade Harp
Probably by John Egan of Dublin
Photograph

Harp Action
Photograph

A Splendid Harp
Description of Louis XVI Style Harp by Erard
From The Musical Courier
Article

Drawing Room at Chateau Malmaison
Showing Empress Josephine’s Harp
Photograph

Harp for the Princess Royal
October 21st 1843
Article

The Choral Harp
4 Panelled Instrument for One or Two Players
Illustration


Pedal Harp
Photograph


Harp Action
Photograph

Morley Shop and Workshops

The Old Morleys Workshop, Kensington, 1890s
After the purchase of Erard’s Workshop
Photograph

L’Amateur a la Recherche d’une bonne Harpe….
Envelope from the Morley Paris Shop c.1850s
Document

John Sebastian Morley with the original Brian Boru Harp
Restored at the Morley Workshop in the 1960s
Photograph


Newspaper Article “Pulling Strings is the Newest Party Piece…”
Article on John Sebastian Morley and Commun na Clairsach

Daily Telegraph, 14th September 1966


Frank Douglas Morley with Paraguayan Harps made by Epifano Lopez
These were probably the first Paraguayan Harps to brought to England

Photograph

Non-Harpists


Balfe
Photograph

Alberto Bachmann
Violinist
London, 22nd June 1997
Photograph and Signature
With grateful thanks to Lisetta Rossi for identifying Alberto Bachmann for us.

W T Best
Organist
Autograph and Photograph

Hans von Bulow
Photograph

Hans von Bulow
Photograph

Arnold Dolmetsch
30th November 1895
Autograph and Photograph

Karl Goldmark
Composer, Vienna
Photograph

Charles Gounod
Photograph

Recommendation for Joseph George Morley by Charles Gounod
12th January 1871
Handwritten document with Signature

Charles Halle
Photograph



Joseph Hollman with Cello
Photograph and Signature


Joseph Hollman
Photograph and Signature

Charles J. Lavley
The Great Musical Impersonator
Photograph

Hamish Maccunn
Photograph

Sir G Macfarren
Photograph


Mackenzie
Photograph

Dr Chas Maclean
Photograph

Nadarz
Paris, 1880s
Autograph and Photograph

Lily Pavey
Photograph


Giacomo Puccini
Photograph and Signature


Jean de Reste
Paris OperaAutograph and Photograph


Rubenstein
Photograph


Adolf Skolek (Piano), Humbert Heuberger (Violin) and Augusto Fabbri (Cello)
Trieste, Italy, 1901Photograph and Signature
With grateful thanks to Lisetta Rossi for identifying these musicians for us.


Stainer
Organist

Autograph and Photograph


*Uncertain Spelling **Unintelligible Signature

If you are able to assist us with identification of any of these images, please let us know. Thank you.

HARPISTS FROM ARGENTINA

We are very grateful to Patricia Isabel Puricelli Embajadora de Paz for sending us the images in this section, which include several well known Argentinian harpists and a programme signed by (Spanish) harpist, Nicanor Zabeleta.

Patricia’s website el museo del arpa de argentina has lots more fascinating images of harpists from Argentina and is well worth a visit.