Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Jenny Lind 1820-87 - the Swedish Nightingale 1850s

Joseph Rubens Powell 

Portrait of Jenny Lind 1820-87 - the Swedish Nightingale, Joseph Rubens Powell
Oil on canvas
19th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
The remarkable career of the Swedish singer Jenny Lind led her after an intial singing tour of England to be recruited by the great impressario PT Barnum, and aken round America in the early 1850s to perform in front of sell-out crowds. As philanthropic as she was talented Lind accepted what she recognised was a sensationalist and garish invitation with the intention of donating a large share of her takings to fund education for the poor in her native Sweden. Though she did not return to Sweden but to England from America she was as good as her intentions and bequeathed a large amount to fund the education of the poor in her homeland.
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