Portrait of the Soprano Adelina Patti

James Sant R.A.
(1820-1916) British
Title Portrait of the Soprano Adelina Patti
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Oil on canvas: 30x25 in. (frame: 33x38 in.) Original decorative gilt frame.
Price Band £5,000 - £10,000
Location Barn Gallery

James Sant was one of the most celebrated portraitists of his time. He was appointed portrait painter to Queen Victoria in 1872. A pupil of John Varley and A.W. Callcott. Exhibited at R.A. 1840-1904, elected R.A. 1869.

As a portrait painter James Sant enjoyed the patronage of many noble and landed families, and portraits by him can be seen in many English country houses today. Sant was noted for not signing his very distinctive work, which was often in oval form.

Adelina Patti (19 February 1843 – 27 September 1919) was a highly acclaimed 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851 and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914. Along with her near contemporaries Jenny Lind and Thérèse Tietjens, Patti remains one of the most famous sopranos in history due to the purity and beauty of her lyrical voice and the unmatched quality of her bel canto technique.

It is interesting to note that another of Queen Victoria's painters, Franz Winterhalter painted Adelina Patti in 1862.


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