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Napoleon’s Piano

A gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to his second wife Marie Louise on the occasion of their marriage in 1810, the piano (no.7493) was completed by the Paris factory of Erard Frères on 9 October 1808.
Erard no. 7493, on long term loan to the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park. Photo by Alexey Moskvin


Previous Exhibitions
October 2023

Agnes Zimmermann (1847…

Agnes Zimmermann achieved renown during the late Victorian era as an accomplished pianist, talented composer and skilled music editor.
August 2023

Samuel van Praag and t…

Resident almost continuously since 1706, the Pump Room Orchestra in Bath is said to be the longest established musical ensemble in Europe.
July 2023

William BYRD (b.London…

William Byrd was the most important English composer of the sixteenth century and one of the greatest figures in all Renaissance music.
June 2023

Thomas IONS (1817-1857)

Newcastle upon Tyne and its environs in the mid-Nineteenth Century as shown on a musical title page. The Tyne and Wear Quadrilles, in which are introduc…
May 2023


Sometimes known as the ‘Paganini of the flute’, Louis Drouet was a leading virtuoso. Born in 1792 in Amsterdam of a Dutch mother and a French father, h…
April 2023

Lambert & Butler&…

These instruments are reproduced from the drawings by William Gibb (1839–1929) to illustrate A. J. Hipkins’s Musical Instruments Historic, Rare and Uniq…
March 2023

Dora LABBETTE (1898-1984)

In 1935 a completely unknown ‘Italian’ soprano called Lisa Perli burst upon the London opera scene in 14 performances of La Bohème.
February 2023

Lambert & Butler&…

A series of 25 cigarette cards, published by Lambert & Butler in 1929, featuring ‘Dance Band Leaders’. 
January 2023

ROSABEL: Winter Joys

Rosabel: Winter Joys. Easy Waltz. London, [1873]. Lithograph by M & N Hanhart.
HORSLEY Charles Edward
December 2022

Charles Edward HORSLEY

Charles Horsley studied in Leipzig under the guidance of Mendelssohn and composed a number of substantial works, including a symphony and two oratorios.
November 2022

Richard WALTHEW (1872-…

The son of a London merchant, Richard Walthew was born in Islington and educated at Islington Proprietary School.  He then studied music at the Guildhal…
June 2022

Iain HAMILTON (1922-2000)

In highlighting anniversaries of composers and artists, MOMH’s Exhibition of the Month has almost always celebrated those born before 1900