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Jenny Lind

Artist
Thomas Faris, 1814 - ?
Sitter
Jenny Lind, 6 Oct 1821 - 2 Nov 1887
Date
1851
Type
Photograph
Medium
Sixth-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions
Plate: 8.2 x 6.9cm (3 1/4 x 2 11/16")
Case Open: 9.2 x 16 x 1cm (3 5/8 x 6 5/16 x 3/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.95.406
Culture
Jenny Lind: European\Scandinavian\Swedish
Exhibition Label
Born Stockholm, Sweden
Long a favorite in the opera houses of Europe, soprano Jenny Lind created a sensation when showman and impresario P. T. Barnum brought her to the United States in 1850 for a series of concert engagements. Whipped into a frenzy of expectation by Barnum’s masterful publicity campaign, the nation readily succumbed to “Lindomania.” Enthusiastic crowds mobbed the “Swedish Nightingale” at every stop throughout her tour, and concertgoers vied for tickets to her enormously popular performances.
In April 1851 Jenny Lind traveled by steamboat to Cincinnati, where she presented five concerts to sold-out crowds. While in that city, Lind visited the Melodeon Gallery of local daguerreotypist and painter Thomas Faris, where she posed for this portrait.
Nacida en Estocolmo, Suecia
Favorita de largo arraigo en las salas de ópera europeas, la soprano Jenny Lind causó sensación en Estados Unidos cuando el artista y empresario P. T. Barnum la trajo al país en 1850 para una serie de conciertos. Enardecida por la magistral campaña publicitaria de Barnum, la nación sucumbió rápidamente a la “lindomanía”. Entusiastas multitudes asediaban al “ruiseñor sueco” en cada parada de su gira y los melómanos se disputaban los boletos para sus codiciadas presentaciones.
En abril de 1851, Jenny Lind tomó un barco de vapor hacia Cincinnati, donde ofreció cinco conciertos a sala llena. Durante su estadía, Lind visitó la Melodeon Gallery, propiedad del daguerrotipista y pintor local Thomas Faris, donde posó para este retrato.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\Ohio\Hamilton\Cincinnati