Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931)
Oil on canvas
Frame: 93 x 64 in. ( 236.2 x 162.6 cm ) Framed: 93 × 64 × 5 1/2 in. (236.2 × 162.6 × 14 cm) Unframed: 68 × 43 in
Signed and dated upper left: "G. P. A. Healy, Pinxit / Paris, May 1879"
Emma Thursby, a native of Brooklyn, was one of the first American singers to achieve renown in Europe. A soprano, she studied voice in New York with Julius Meyer and sang regularly as a soloist with the choir of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn. After further study in Italy, she had her debut as a concert artist in New York in 1875. She toured widely from the late 1870s into the early years of the twentieth century.
Smith, Jewel A., Music, Women, and Pianos in Antebellum Bethlehem, Pannsylvania: The Moravian Young Ladies Seminary, Bethlehem: Hehigh University Press, 2008, p. 136.
Gift of the Estate of Ina Love Thursby
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