Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville in Florence - 1850
The Marquis of Normanby was British minister at that time, and Lady Normanby and he were always kind and hospitable to us. At her house we became acquainted with Signora Barbieri-Nini, the celebrated opera-singer, who had retired from the stage, and lived with her husband, a Sienese gentleman, in a villa not far from Villa Normanby. She gave a musical party, to which she invited us. The music, which was entirely artistic, was excellent, the entertainment very handsome, and it was altogether very enjoyable.
Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville, Memoir of Mary Somerville, 1850. In Martha Somerville (ed.), Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville: With Selections from her Correspondence (London, 1873), p. 310. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1392055027631 accessed: 24 September, 2017
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