Adah Isaacs Menken(1835?-1868), Actress and poet
Sitter in 4 portraits
Menken made her acting debut in New Orleans in 1857, and first appeared on stage in New York two years later. It was not until she opened in a dramatic adaptation of Lord Byron's Mazeppa, in 1861, that she achieved lasting recognition. Appearing in the play's climactic scene apparently (though not actually) nude and strapped to a running horse, she created a sensation. Menken's fame preceded her to London, where she opened in Mazeppa in 1864. The production was a huge success, and her circle of admirers soon included Charles Dickens, Algernon Swinburne and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.