photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This image shows violin maker Kitty Smith checking a piece of timber to ensure its quality before commencing work on a new violin. Kitty was the daughter of Arthur Edward Smith MBE (1880-1976), Australia’s best known and most respected violin maker. She grew up hanging around her father’s workshop and decided to concentrate on making violins rather than playing them. Kitty always used traditional imported woods such as European maple which she believed gave the best results. Kitty made her first violin in 1933 at the age of 21. In the 1930s this was a very unusual occupation for a woman.
This photograph dates from the 1940s. It is one of a series of photographic prints given to the Museum when we purchased a string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello) made by Kitty Smith.
Post by Lynne McNairn
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