Jenny Lind

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Jenny Lind

replica by Eduard Magnus
oil on canvas, circa 1861, based on a work of 1846
46 1/2 in. x 37 1/4 in. (1181 mm x 946 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's son, Ernest Svend David Goldschmidt, 1951
This portrait has been adopted thanks to a generous donation from Björn Savén
Primary Collection
NPG 3801

On display in Room 18 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sitterback to top

  • Johanna Maria ('Jenny') Lind (1820-1887), Singer, known as 'the Swedish nightingale'; wife of Otto Moritz David Goldschmidt. Sitter in 20 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Eduard Magnus (1799-1872), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.

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Current affairs

The Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel divides his own party by repealing the unpopular Corn Laws, which prohibited the import of cheap grain from overseas, viewed by many as causing the famines in Ireland (which peaked in this year), as well as domestic hardships following a bad harvest. Peel, defeated on a separate issue, resigns. The Whig Earl Russell becomes Prime Minister.

Art and science

Ether is used for the first time as anaesthetic in an operation by the dentist William Morton, while surgeon John Collins Warren removes a tumor on a patient's neck.
Edward Lear, the popular humourist and artist, and author of illustrated nonsense verse (including 'The Owl and the Pussycat'), publishes his Book of Nonsense.

International

The first Anglo-Sikh war ends with the Treaty of Lahore, by which Jammu and Kashmir are ceded to the British. The war had been fought between the Sikh kingdom of the Punjab and the British East India Company, with conflict escalating after internal disorder in the Punjab led the East India Company to increase their military presence on the border.

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