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Adelina Patti (1843–1919)

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Adelina Patti (1843–1919) was born in Madrid and brought up in New York. She made her debut in Donizetti's ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ in 1859. She rapidly became one of the most celebrated international opera singers of her day. In 1878 she purchased Craig-y-Nos, a neo-gothic castle north of Swansea, to which she added a private opera house. This portrait of about 1873–1875 depicts Madame Patti dressed for skating. The Hungarian artist Karóly Markó was the son of a landscape painter. In 1838 he accompanied his father to Italy and in 1884 he moved to Russia.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 95.2 x W 76.9 cm

Accession number

NMW A 515

Acquisition method

gift from M. E. Hatherill, 1961

Work type


National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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