by James Sant
oil on canvas, exhibited 1886
43 1/4 in. x 33 1/2 in. (1099 mm x 851 mm)
Bequeathed by Rolf, Baron Cederström, 1948
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Sitterback to top
- Adelina Patti (1843-1919), Singer; sister of Carlotta Patti. Sitter associated with 54 portraits.
Artistback to top
- James Sant (1820-1916), Painter. Artist associated with 12 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The Italian opera singer Adelina Patti, the last of the line of great coloratura sopranos, made her London debut on 14 May 1861 at the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, as Amina in Bellini's La Sonnambula. In this and other roles, particularly that of Rosina in The Barber of Seville, she delighted audiences throughout Europe and in North and South America. Her public career lasted nearly sixty years and is virtually without parallel.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Aileen Ribeiro with Cally Blackman, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 189
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 84
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 213
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 186
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 484
Exhibitions and displays
- Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift
Until 24 January 2016
- Portrait of the Day: Adelina Patti: The Unknown Diva
17 October, 12:30