‘Honest, Doctor, I only smoke ten a day…’

Photo: © Leon Chia

Evidence of Sibelius’s famed cigar smoking is preserved at his home, Ainola, in the majestic shape of this monster cigar, specially made as a gift for the composer. The cigar dwarfs  the famous ‘Satu’ portrait of the young composer by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, the bottom of which can be glimpsed in this photo, taken in Ainola’s library in August 2014.

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