BRADLEY & RULOFSON
Photographic portrait of Madame Carreño Sauret, circa 1874
Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 167 x 110 mm (mount); recto of mount with printed caption Madame Carreño Sauret, verso with imprint of the renowned San Francisco studio of Bradley & Rulofson; the albumen print is in fine condition; recto of mount with a tiny amount of foxing, else very good.
A superb studio portrait of the “Valkyrie of the Piano” in her prime.
María Teresa Gertrudis de Jesús Carreño García (1853-1917) was a Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor. Over the course of her 54-year concert career, she became an internationally renowned virtuoso pianist. Carreño was an early adopter of the works of one of her students and friend, American composer and pianist, Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) and premiered several of his compositions across the globe. She also frequently performed the works of Norwegian composer and pianist, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Carreño composed approximately 75 works for solo piano, voice and piano, choir and orchestra, and instrumental ensemble. In July 1873 she married French violinist and composer Émile Sauret in London, with whom she returned to the United States in 1874 to resume her career following the birth of her first child, Emilita.