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The Great Exhibition of 1851: the British Nave dated 1851 by Joseph Nash

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William Edward Kilburn (1818-91)

Jenny Lind (1820-1887) 1848

RCIN 2932510

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This daguerreotype of a full length portrait of the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind standing beside a piano was exhibited by William Kilburn at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

William Kilburn exhibited several daguerreotypes at the Exhibition, with this image being particularly well received. The exhibition jury commented:

For novelty of design we may mention a small picture of the interior of a room, including a whole-length portrait of Jenny Lind: beside, and near her, is a large mirror, in which the figure is reflected. That the reflection in the glass is equally perfect with the original is the point worthy of remark and commendation.