The Yale Center for British Art is seeking to borrow a Gramophone in fine condition, the model that looks like the one in the famous Barraud painting used for the Gramophone / Victor Trademark, for an exhibit on the Edwardian Age, to open next Spring at the gallery in New Haven, CT.
Leonard Petts's reference book about Nipper indicates that the machine to be painted was delivered to Mr. Barraud on Sept. 18, 1899 and that the first use of the painting's image was in January, 1900. Study of various photographs of machines of this period (in such works as Tim Fabrizio and David Paul's marvelous illustrated volumes) suggests that the model may well have been the Berliner "Improved Gramophone" of 1899, which seems very similar to the Eldridge Johnson 1900 model gramophone.
If any of you owns such a Gramophone and would be willing to lend it for exhibit or if you can provide advice about someone else who might be willing to lend one, please contact Angus Trumble, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, The Yale Center for British Art, P. O. Box 208280, New Haven, CT 06520, USA, FAX: 203-432-4538, e-mail [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> , telephone: 203-432-2844.
Thanks very much, Richard