Violin by Arthur Richardson, Crediton, 1928


Arthur Richardson (1882 - 1965), of Crediton, Devon, was a self-taught violin maker and became one of the finest 20th century English makers. Established professionally as a violin maker from 1915, he made copies of the Stradivari ‘Alard’, ‘Tuscan’, and ‘Betts’ violins, and the Guarneri del Gesù ‘King Joseph’ and ‘Sainton’ violins. Also a Stradivari-derived personal pattern. He was awarded first prize in the Cobbett Competition 1919 for a violin and quartet.