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Louise Cornelia Casella, 1860-1950

Nationality: .English?
Date of Birth: 1860
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Date of Death: 1950
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Identity:

Louise Cornelia ('Nelia') Casella was a watercolourist, Wax modeller, medallist, artist. She was the daughter of Ella Casella, and was related to the Italian composer, conductor and music critic Alfredo Casella (1883-1947), who features at the piano in J. E. Blanche's group portrait Le Concert (c. 1910; Musee d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg).

Her sister Bertha Gabriella ('Ella') Casella (1858-1946) was also a wax modeller and exhibited at the Salon 1884-1909 and at the Royal Academy 1884-1909.

Life:

Casella was active as an artist in 1879 and was a member of The Arts Club from 1896 to 1909. She worked in glass, enamel and leather. She made coloured wax portrait medallions and bronze medallions. She exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1884-1929 and at the Salon in 1885 and 1889.

Casella was very friendly with Sarasate and JW in the 1880s. JW affectionately referred to her as 'dear Fiaschina' (#11219). She was among those invited to the private viewing of JW's exhibition 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes' held at Dowdeswell's in 1884 (#08711). She also attended JW's Ten O'Clock Lecture at the Prince's Hall in February 1885.

Casella was a correspondent of Ellen Terry. She may have been friendly with Louise Jopling: a Mrs Cassella came with Heilbuth to tea with Jopling at 22 rue de la Paix in Paris in 1881. In 1896 Casella and her mother were living at 217 Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris.

Bibliography:

Pyke, E. J., A biographical dictionary of wax modellers, Oxford, 1983; E. Lewis papers, Bodleian Library, Oxford; Meissner, Günter and Saur Verlag, K. G. (eds), Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker, Munich, 1992.