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Luigi Lablache (1794-1858)

Signed and dated 1852

RCIN 404692

This portrait was described by Queen Victoria as ‘a speaking likeness’ of the celebrated bass-baritone Luigi Lablache (1794–1858). For over twenty years during the summer season Lablache gave the Queen singing lessons – she is said to have had a clear soprano voice – and in her Journal she regularly recounts her delight when seeing him perform on stage in his many guises.

Commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1852

No. 151

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