Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot C0484 Guide to Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot

Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot C0484

Guide to Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot


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Amanda Brent

Repository
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Identification
C0484
Title
Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardotcirca 1839
URL:
https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/paulineviardotlithograph
Quantity
.01 Linear Feet
Language
French .
Abstract
Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot by "L. Loire." The portrait features a young, likely teenaged Viardot from the waist up in a white dress, circa 1839.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Public Domain. There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot, C0484, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber in January 2016.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in May 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in May 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.


Biographical Note

Pauline Viardot - born Michelle Ferdinande Pauline García Sitches, and also known professionally as Pauline García - was a famous mezzo-soprano opera singer and composer during the second half of the 19th century. Viardot came from a musical family, with both her father, Manuel García, and older sister, Maria Malibran, being acclaimed opera singers in their own right. The family was also closely linked to the composer Gioachino Rossini, and other musical contemporaries. Born in 1821, Viardot studied piano from Franz Liszt as a child, and up until her teen years was set to become a pianist. It was just before her older sister Maria died tragically at the age of 28 that Pauline was placed on a new course for opera at her mother's insistence.

Arguably, Viardot eventually surpassed her famous sister in the opera world, with both an incredible range (from soprano to contralto) as well as a frequently documented talent for performance. Her most famous and enduring role was that of Orphée (Orpheus) in 1859 in a reworked version of Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice," retitled "Orphée," by Louis-Hector Berlioz. The role of Orfeo had been transposed by Berlioz from a tenor role to a contralto "pants role," specifically for Viardot. Viardot has a lifelong successful career in music, and later in life turned to composing. She passed away in 1910.

Scope and Content

Lithographic print portrait of Pauline Viardot by "L. Loire." The portrait features a young, likely teenaged Viardot from the waist up in a white dress. Below the portrait it reads in French: "Melle. Pauline Garcia." Also included is the printer's information, which reads: "Paris, chez Rosselin, Editeur, 21, Quai Voltaire. No. 146. Lith. Marcilly, rue de la Parchemmerie, No. 2." The print was made circa 1839.

Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

Related Material

The Houghton Library at Harvard University holds the Pauline Viardot-Garcia papers and the Pauline Viardot-Garcia additional papers.

The Special Collections Research Center holds many other collections and materials on opera and opera singers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Lithography
  • Music
  • Opera
  • Viardot-García, Pauline, 1821-1910

Bibliography

"Berlioz, Hector - Orphée[.]" Barenreiter. Accessed May 18, 2021. https://www.baerenreiter.com/en/shop/product/details/BA5462_90/. Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Pauline Viardot." Encyclopaedia Britannica, accessed May 18, 2021. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pauline-Viardot. Jeal, Erica. "Pauline who?" The Guardian, February 23, 2006. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2006/feb/24/classicalmusicandopera. Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Auguste Toussaint Lecler, 83.2.2023(8), The Metropolitan Museum of Art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/717941. Willson, Flora. "Classic Staging: Pauline Viardot and the 1859 "Orphée" Revival." Cambridge Opera Journal 22, no. 3 (2010): 301-26. Accessed May 18, 2021. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41493879.