This is an upright cabinet piano made by George & Manby of London in about 1840. This piano was an attempt to put grand piano sound into a small room. The height of the cabinet allowed the piano strings to reach lengths similar to those of a grand piano.
Both pianos and harps were commonly found in Australian colonial homes across the middle and upper classes. They were brought to the colony on sailing ships often in place of more practical items. The instruments proclaimed their owners’ social...
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