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Jenny Lind (1820-87): C.899-2016

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Jenny Lind (1820-87)


Joseph, Samuel (Sculptor)


History note: 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: 32.8 cm
Length: 22.8 cm
Width: 13.4 cm

Relative size of this object

22.8 cm32.8 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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.

Components of the work

Base Length 9.5 cm Width 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Slip casting

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JENNY LIND
  • Location: Front of base
  • Method of creation: Marked
  • Type: Title
  • Text: S. JOSEPH. SC.
  • Location: Reverse of base
  • Method of creation: Marked
  • Type: Maker's name

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.899-2016
Primary reference Number: 215901
Old number: 426
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 25 May 2017 Updated: Friday 24 May 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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