- Museum number
- Object: Madame Sontag
Portrait of Henriette Sontag, Countess Rossi, whole-length, as Rossini's Desdemona standing, directed to the left, looking upwards, her right hand on her chest, wearing blue and gold dress and tiara with long veil with golden leaves. 1849
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Height: 320 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 218 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Keith Cavers email (November 2020):
'This shows Henrietta Sontag as Rossini's Desdemona which she revived at Her Majesty's Theatre in July 1849. (the V&A impression (and my own) are not as heavily trimmed on the bottom of the sheet - The Lithograph by John Brandard was published in "Jullien's Album for 1850" which the Illustrated London News of 1st December 1849 announces as "just published." Jullien's musical albums were usually published in good time for the luxury Christmas market.
It is not hand coloured but Colour-Printed, and as here printed in colours and gold a speciality of the Hanharts the lithographic ink is composed of minute sheets of extremely thin brass sheet which was powdered up but form an overlapping 'metalic skin' on drying.
The full inscription reads "J. Brandard" on the left and "AS DESDEMONA" beneath her name.
- Not on display
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