|Albumen print, Carte-de-visite, 1850s to 1860s|
With the "Anthony...from negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery" Broadway, New York studio stamp on mount verso. Also, handwritten in pencil in a later hand, on mount verso, is "Ole Bull" and numerous numeric notations.
Ole Bornemann Bull (1810 to 1880) was a composer and musician born in Bergen, Norway. Early in his career (1830's) he travelled and performed extensively in Europe, and by the 1850s he had become acquainted with some of the musical luminaries of the time, including Grieg, Schumann and Liszt.
Bull visited the United States several times and met with great success. In 1852 he purchased a large amount of land in Pennsylvania and founded the colony "New Norway" (more often referred to as Ole Bull Colony).
Bull continued to spend time in the United States, but he returned to his homeland at the end of his life. He died in his home, south of Bergen, in 1880.