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Posted By: GUEST
19-Oct-18 - 02:46 PM
Thread Name: Midwestern fiddling in the 1850s
Subject: RE: Midwestern fiddling in the 1850s
This is a subject I have been studying for years. The contortions described must have come along later, as everything I've found about early fiddler/violin players shows them with the instrument flat on their chest (18th century). There wasan 'under the chin' school in France but it seems it didn't become common until well into the 19th century. Here is a link to some wonderful paintings of American artist
John Lewis Kimmel. He depicts celebrations c.1810-1820, and there are three with fiddle players. None are twisted like ein pretzel.
https://b-womeninamericanhistory19.blogspot.com/2016/12/celebrating-in-pennsylvania-1810-1820.html

Robert Mouland