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The Austrian poet, journalist and translator Betty Paoli was born as Barbara Elisabeth Glück in Vienna in 1815, the illegitimate daughter of Theresia Glück and a Hungarian nobleman. She worked as a seamstress to provide for herself and her mother, until she accepted a position as governess in the Kingdom of Poland. She studied languages and began writing poetry before returning to Vienna in 1835. She encompassed on her writing career, adopting the pseudonym "Paoli". Throughout her life, she was companion to various noblewomen. Betty Paoli died in Baden bei Wien in 1894.

Carl (Karl) Rahl (1812 – 1865) was an Austrian engraver and painter.

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Rahl, Carl: Portrait of Betty Paoli, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.86.