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Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931)

Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931)
Title
Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931)
Date 
1879
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
canvas: 68 x 43 in. ( 172.7 x 109.2 cm ) frame: 93 x 64 in. ( 236.2 x 162.6 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Ina Love Thursby
Object Number 
1944.17
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group