-- American painter
charcoal on paper mounted on board
62.9 x 48.3 cm (24
3/4 x 19 in.)
John S. Sargent
inscribed The grand artist/Blanche Marchesi/In admiration, l.r.
Blanche Marchesi, (de Castrone) 1863-1940, was an opera
She was the daughter of
the distinguished Italian baritone and teacher Salvatore Marchesi de
Castrorie (1822-1908) and the famous German mezzo-soprano and pedagogue
Mathilde (née Graumann) Marchesi de Castrone (1821-1913). After
studying violin, she turned to vocal training with her mother.
She began her career singing in private and charity concerts in Paris,
and then appeared in Berlin and Brussels in 1895. On June 19, 1896, she
made her London debut in a concert and made England her home. In 1900
she made her operatic debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walkure in
Prague, and then returned to England to sing with the Moody-Manners
Company. In 1902 she appeared at London's Covent Garden as Elisabeth,
Elsa, and Isolde. For the most part, however, she pursued a career on
the concert stage. Later she was also active as a teacher. She made her
farewell concert appearance in 1938. She published memoir A Singer’s
Pilgrimage (London, 1923), and the didactic volume The Singer’s
Catechism (London, 1932).
Sold at Sotheby's New York, 30 Nov 2005; Session 1, Sale No.
N08134, Lot 69; $132,000
USD (was estimated
Blanche Marchesi (commissioned from the artist)
By descent to the present owner (the sitter's grandson)
Oldham, England, Oldham Art Gallery, A Dream of Fair Women, May 1910
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