Image of the Month - October 2020

< Return to previous page

Jenny Lind. Oil on canvas by Alfred d'Orsay, 1847. Given by the sitter's daughter, Mrs Raymond Maude, 1928. © The National Portrait Gallery, London. Her Majesty's Theatre after the complete renovation and redecoration of the interior before the opening of the season for 1846. The Pictorial Times, 3 April 1847. Jenny Lind as Alice with Staudigl as Bertram and Fraschini as Roberto in Roberto il Diavolo on her first appearance at Her Majesty's Theatre, 4 May 1847. The Pictorial Times, 8 May 1847. Libretto for Roberto il Diavolo at Her Majesty's Theatre, 1847. Lind and Staudigl in Roberto il Diavolo at Her Majesty's Theatre, 4 May 1847. The Illustrated London News, 8 May 1847. Programme for the third performance of Meyerbeer's Roberto il Diavolo at Her Majesty's Theatre, 8 May 1847. Announcement of the first performance of La Sonnambula in the current season at Her Majesty's Theatre on 13 May 1847. Jenny Lind as Amalia with Luigi Lablache as Massimiliano in the premiere of I Masnadieri at Her Majesty's Theatre, 22 July 1847. Illustrated London News, 31 July 1847. Jenny Lind in Elijah conducted by Benedict at Exeter Hall, 17 December 1855. Illustrated London News, 22 December 1855. Flyer for Mr Benedict's Annual Concert, Exeter Hall, 21 May 1856. Programme for a Grand Sacred Concert in the Mission Hall, Britten Street, Chelsea, 20 March 1882. In this programme the figures refer to the numbers of the oratorio. Many of the singers in this performance (if not all of them) were members of the Bach Choir which at that time was mostly drawn from the upper echelons of society. Apart from the Goldschmidts perhaps the most notable name is Mr. Coleridge. Arthur Duke Coleridge (1830-1913), the great-nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was a keen amateur musician and excellent tenor. He had many distinguished friends in the music world including William Sterndale Bennett and Charles Stanford. Through them he met the Goldschmidts. Having heard Bach's Mass in B minor in Leipzig he was keen for it to be performed in London. With this in mind, he formed a committee which included William Gladstone, M.P. (an amateur musician and son of the more famous William Gladstone), Otto Goldschmidt, George Grove, Lionel Benson (another fine tenor) and John Stainer.  The plan came to fruition with a performance at St. James's Hall conducted by Otto Goldschmidt on 26 April 1876. Obituary portrait of Madame Lind-Goldschmidt from a photograph by Messrs W. and D. Downey, of Ebury Street, Pimlico. Illustrated London News, 12 November 1887. Jenny Lind's grave in Great Malvern Cemetery. Postcard photograph.