"When his children had departed, he took up his guitar, and played several mournful, but sweet airs"


   While something more-or-less like the guitar has existed for centuries, the 1790's saw the emergence of the 'early romantic' model, which closely resembled the recognisable modern instrument.  Its use grew in popularity throughout Europe during the early 18th century spurred by high-profile figures like Spanish player Fernando Sor, whose relocation to London in 1815 caught the public's attention. 



Fernando Sor's Les Adieux, op.21 (early-19th century), played by Margarita Escarpa: