© National Portrait Gallery, London
Adelina Patti as Lucia in 'Lucia de Lammermoor'
by Camille Silvy Click on the links below to find out more
albumen carte-de-visite, July 1861
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (85 mm x 57 mm)
Given by an anonymous donor, 1947
- Adelina Patti (1843-1919), Singer; sister of Carlotta Patti. Sitter associated with 55 portraits.
- Camille Silvy (1834-1910), Photographer. Artist associated with 6089 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
- NPG Ax59127: Adelina Patti in costume for six different roles (includes the portrait)
- NPG x139661: 'Upwards of five hundred photographic portraits of the most celebrated personages of the age' (after)
- NPG x197566: 'Operatic Prima Donnas' (after)
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 61
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