Ovila the Harper (missing)
a street performing harpist
This young lad lived not far from the Erard harp store at 95 High St, White Chapel, London. While his mother was prostituting or in the opium dens, Ovila would spend time in the harp store. The man running the store, Joseph George Morley, noticed the boy’s interest and taught him a few things about playing. The boy was a natural at it.
When the harp maker learned of the boy’s predicament, he offered to give the young boy a harp of his own in exchange for advertising. At the end of each of the boy’s performances, he was to tell people of the harp store.