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Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931)

Object Number: 
1944.17
Date: 
1879
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Frame: 93 x 64 in. ( 236.2 x 162.6 cm ) Framed: 93 × 64 × 5 1/2 in. (236.2 × 162.6 × 14 cm) Unframed: 68 × 43 in
Marks: 
Signed and dated upper left: "G. P. A. Healy, Pinxit / Paris, May 1879"
Gallery Label: 
Emma Thursby, a native of Brooklyn, was one of the first American singers to achieve renown in Europe. A soprano, she studied voice in New York with Julius Meyer and sang regularly as a soloist with the choir of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn. After further study in Italy, she had her debut as a concert artist in New York in 1875. She toured widely from the late 1870s into the early years of the twentieth century.
Bibliography: 
Smith, Jewel A., Music, Women, and Pianos in Antebellum Bethlehem, Pannsylvania: The Moravian Young Ladies Seminary, Bethlehem: Hehigh University Press, 2008, p. 136.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Ina Love Thursby
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group