Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jenny Lind Portrait ~ A Favorite Thing


Some years back, while browsing in a local antique mall, I came across this charming oval-framed lithograph print, titled “Jenny Lind.” The price was reasonable, so I brought her home with me and have loved her ever since.
 

It appears to be old, with the original description label on the back.
 
 
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Jenny Lind was a Swedish singer, born in 1820, and known as the "Swedish Nightingale." She toured the world and created an operatic sensation. At the age of 18, she became the prima donna at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Her concert tour of America began in 1850 and brought her international fame. In later years, she became a philanthropist and taught singing at the Royal College of Music. She died in 1887.
The artist, Eduard Magnus (January 7, 1799 – August 8, 1872) was a German painter. The original Jenny Lind painting hangs in the Berlin National Gallery.
 

My “Jenny Lind” hangs in the foyer.


I love it best in the fall, when the sun hangs low in the sky.

At a certain time, for a few minutes each day, autumn’s shadows do magical things. (I should probably add that this is not direct sun, but filtered and doesn't last but a few minutes.)
 
By now, you can see why my “Jenny Lind” lithograph is a favorite thing, and I’m sharing her beauty at the FavoriteThing party over at Claudia's lovely blog.
 
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24 comments:

  1. She is beautiful, I can see why you love her. And couldn't you just go dancing in that dress? Have a wonderful weekend. Linda

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  2. Oh goodness, she's lovely. What a wonderful find! You're so right, she looks especially beautiful in that light.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week, Dayle!

    xo
    Claudia

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  3. I can see who she is one of your favourite things - she is beautiful. I imagine that she would impart a certain calm to anyone who stopped to look.

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  4. Jenny Lind is a nice addition to your home, Dayle. I'd like to hear her sing, too! Thanks for sharing. Hope your Saturday is nice. Susan

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  5. Oh I love this!!! I have been in love w/ Jenny Lind ever since I was a kid <3

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  6. She's splendid and the oval frame is too. Visiting from Claudia's, Olive

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  7. How interesting! And, yes, I was worried about the sunlight; glad you added that note!

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  8. What a wonderful find... she is lovely in her frame and I love how you have her displayed with the lamp and books. Perfect. :)

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  9. Interesting to see what Jenny looked like!!
    I'm in the DAR (daughters of the american rev.) and I'm trying to gather family histroy to make a ggggrandad - George Lind who did fight in the Rev. War a patriot of mine - through my Mom's side. At one time family thought we were related to Jenny. But I proved that we're not. Hahaha-- some family members were annoyed that I proved we were not related! She IS a lovely lady!

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  10. Dayle - What an interesting post!! I know we have all heard of Jenny Lind and her singing. But, all the rest of the info is a treasure. She was just beautiful.

    Judy

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  11. I have seen her picture before, but did not know who it was. Thanks for sharing your find with us - like the frame and it is perfect for the picture. A treasure to have.
    Thanks for stopping by and nice comment.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  12. What a beautiful treasure. It's nice to have the internet to learn more about our finds. She is lovely and perfect for your beautiful home!

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  13. Whst a great find! Looks lovely on your wall. Kit

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  14. Lovely the way the light strikes the portrait just for a few minutes.
    Joy

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  15. I love hearing about peoples' lives. What a neat history. Am glad you found something you enjoy so much!

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  16. I am always grateful for the wonderful blog.
    Japanese love the fall in the season.
    Please search the Okayama Korakuen website.
    It is a masterpiece made ​​in the Edo period of Japan among the three major parks.
    From Japan.
    Ryouma Sakamoto.

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  17. I never knew the story of Jenny. Now I will admire her a bit more when I come calling.

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  18. What a pretty portrait, and the sun is beautiful on it. I always wonder who owned these things and if they appreciated them as much as I do now.

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  19. It is beautiful. I can see why you got it.

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  20. I should not confess this. I really should not because I'm going to look stupid. I didn't know there was a real Jenny Lind. I thought it was a style of furniture. True story. (And I vote, too... oh dear)

    I think she is lovely, and I love the one with the light shining on her.

    I have tried to stop by a dozen times in the past month, but it wasn't meant to be. It's nice to have the time to day to just read around blog land and enjoy myself. You all have been missed in my life.

    And you are appreciated more than you will ever know, too.

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  21. She's beautiful, Dayle! What an exquisite portrait, and she looks just perfect there, with the light playing against her throughout the day so eerily. What a wonderful find!

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  22. My friend has one to and she was wondering how much they are worth she is looking to sell hers

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    1. I don't remember what I paid for this one. She can probably find good information online.

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