Miss Turpin, Mrs. Henry Wallack (d.1860)

Born in Liverpool, Miss Turpin began as a vocalist, making her debut in 1830 in "The Beggar's Opera" at London's Haymarket Theatre. In 1834 Turpin became a principal at Covent Garden and met Henry Wallack, stage manager there, whom she accompanied to the U.S. The artist joined the company of Wallack's National Theatre in 1837 as "Miss Turpin, late Prima Donna of Covent Garden," and made her New York debut as Amina in "La Sonnambula" and Rosina in "Figaro." These became two of her best known parts, together with Eudiga in "Charles XII," and Diana in "Rob Roy." But by 1840 Turpin Wallack was performing in a quartet with "Bihin, the famous Belgian giant," at Peale's Museum in New York. In 1860 the actress returned to perform in London, using the name Anderson, and in that same year she died of breast cancer. Her daughters were Julia, a vocalist, and Fanny Wallack, an important actress. An unidentified engraver created this likeness.

1865 circa 5 years
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A. S. Feinberg
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