What: Illustration of singer Jenny Lind from the July 1850 edition of “Graham’s Magazine”.
Where: Consign It!, 615 W. Indiantown Road (just west of Military Trail), Jupiter; 561-972-4084
How much: $10
Why it’s special: Before the Bellini was a cocktail, there was Bellini the composer, who wrote such works as “Norma” and “La Sonnambula.”
One of the main proponents of such works was the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, who is depicted as Amina, the sleepwalker herself, in this illustration from the July 1850 edition of “Graham’s Magazine,” published in Philadelphia.
Lind also served as a muse to Felix Mendelssohn, who composed oratorios with her voice in mind. She won great fame in America touring with P.T. Barnum’s circus before retiring in England, where she died in 1887.
She was one of the first big international celebrities, thanks to Barnum’s publicity machine. Because of that, furniture and dolls of the day bear her name. This illustration was framed in Harrisburg, Pa., and is labeled as coming from a collection in East Hampton, N.Y.
It’s not worth a whole lot more than I paid for it, but it’s charming and a product of its day.
That hits a high note for me every time.