Oil on canvas
height (frame): 84cm
width (frame): 72cm
Thomas Harris; Harris sale, 12 July 1819 (26); Charles Mathews
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (158)
Ann Storace's hair is wrapped up with a green and silver ribbon tied in a large bow on top of her head. She wears a short-sleeved white muslin dress, with flouncing around the shoulders, and has a shawl over her left shoulder.
M. W. Sharp exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1804 (302) a portrait of Anne Storace as Katherine in “The English Fleet in 1342”, by Thomas Frognall Dibdin; but it seems unlikely that the costume seen in G0780 can relate to that part, or, indeed, to a play set in 1342. Signora Storace would appear to be dressed for a concert performance.
She was a fine actress and an admirable singer, who enjoyed great success on the Continent as well as in England. In Vienna she was the original Rosina in Paisiello's “Il barbiere di Siviglia” and the original Susanna in Mozart's sequel, “Le Nozze di Figaro”.