Fifth Viscount Torrington et al. in Oxford - 8 July, 1781

from Tour to the West, 1781, pages 55–56:

After chapel, we went to tea at Mr R[eynolds]’s, where we had been invited to hear an infant in petticoats play tunes upon the violin, taught him by his father, a watchmaker.  Indeed it was highly entertaining and wonderful to see the mixture in this infant of childishness, and of skill in musick; on being ask’d if he cou’d play by note; Why aye, says he, give me the book, and then you’ll see.  Mr R. laugh’d at his forwardness, declaring he knew only the …   more >>

cite as

John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 55–56. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Oxford


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist
Robert Reynolds

Listening to

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unspecified music performed by Miss Reynolds
violin music performed by Master Cobham

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 July, 1781
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


All spelling and punctuation copied from the original source.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:52:10 +0000
Approved on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:12:11 +0000