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Teresa Carreño

Attribution
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Printer
Chicago Albumen Works
Sitter
Teresa Carreño, 1853 - 1917
Date
c. 1862 (printed later)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Dimensions
Image: 9 × 6 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/8")
Sheet: 10.7 × 9.6 cm (4 3/16 × 3 3/4")
Mat: 35.6 × 28 cm (14 × 11")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number
NPG.81.M217.D1
Exhibition Label
Pianist Teresa Carreño was only eight years old and a recent émigré from Venezuela when she gave her first public recital in New York in 1862. This debut was a resounding success and attracted the notice of composer and piano virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk, who quickly assumed the role of Carreño's teacher and mentor. Within a year, she was performing for President Lincoln at the White House, where her selections included a dazzling interpretation of the president's favorite, "Listen to the Mockingbird." Continuing her musical studies in Europe in 1866, Carreño went on to make the successful transition from child prodigy to adult performer whose virtuosity and power earned her the title "the Valkyrie of the piano." Recognized as one of the greatest pianists of her time, she continued to perform on the concert stage until just weeks before her death.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York