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Jenny Lind (1820-87): C.898-2016

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Jenny Lind (1820-87)


Manufacturer: Copeland
Sculptor: Durham, Joseph
Sculptor: Cheverton, Benjamin




History note: Unknown before G.D.V. Glynn; the estate of G. D. V. Glynn

Legal notes

Accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of G. D. V. Glynn, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.8 cm
Length: 13.6 cm
Width: 7.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2016-01-25) by H.M. Government


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Production date: AD 1847-11


Jenny Lind (1820-1887) was a Swedish opera soprano. She sang with Verdi, and Mendelssohn wrote the soprano part in Elijah for her. She is believed to have inspired several Hans Christian Andersen stories, including The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s Nightingale. In May 1847, she made her London debut in the role of Alice in Meyerbeer’s opera, Roberto il diavolo (Robert the Devil) at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, to immense popular acclaim – it is said that Queen Victoria threw her a bouquet rom the Royal Box. In later life she raised substantial funds for good causes, such as Florence Nightingale’s Nursing Fund and The Railway Servants’ Benevolent Fund.

Joseph Durham (1814-1877) was a prolific sculptor who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1835 and 1878. His work was reproduced by several Parian manufacturers.

School or Style


Components of the work

Base Length 7.3 cm

Materials used in production

Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Slip casting

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Mlle/Jenny Lind/1847
  • Location: On back left of shoulder of bust
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Title
  • Text: Joseph Durham 1847
  • Location: On back right of shoulder of bust
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Name
  • Text: Reduced by/B Cheverton Nov 18 [chipped, should read 1847]
  • Location: Reverse of bust
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Underside of socle
  • Method of creation: Printed in dark brown
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 15.
  • Location: On underside of socle
  • Method of creation: Typed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.898-2016
Primary reference Number: 215900
Old number: 15
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 25 May 2017 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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