Collage, Portrait in Frame: Jenny Lind

Collage, Portrait in Frame: Jenny Lind
Title
Collage, Portrait in Frame: Jenny Lind
Date 
1850-1855
Medium 
Silk, paper, paint, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 16 1/2 x 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 41.9 x 36.5 x 3.8 cm )
Description 
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number 
1945.294
Gallery Label 
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.
Provenance 
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
Bibliography 
Ramirez, Jan Seidler. "A History of the New-York Historical Society." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 138-145.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group