Collage, Portrait in Frame: Jenny Lind
Silk, paper, paint, metal
Overall: 16 1/2 x 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 41.9 x 36.5 x 3.8 cm )
Vertical rectangular collage portrait of Jenny Lind, sitting with her hands in her lap and surrounded with blue velvet curtains with silver coil fringe and tassels, the bust and arms are of chromolithographed paper on satin ground, the dress is yellow satin and lace, she holds a silk lace-trimmed handkerchief adorned with paper flowers, there is a bouquet of paper flowers in the bottom right corner.
Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the "Swedish Nightingale," was a soprano who toured the U.S. 1850-1852 under the auspices of P. T. Barnum. She was extremely popular in this country, noted for her piety and charity as well as her voice.
Ramirez, Jan Seidler. "A History of the New-York Historical Society." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 138-145.
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
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