This exceptional marine painting was done by Danish artist Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921). Born in Copenhagen, Denmark to a violinmaker, Antonio Jacobsen became one of America’s most noted and prolific marine artists. Although Jacobsen was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, he decided instead to study art at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. In 1871, at the onset of the Franco-Prussian war, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. Soon after his arrival, Jacobsen began painting the vessels of the Old Dominion Steamship Line, which helped to launch his reputation as a specialist in steamer and schooner portraits. After 1880, Jacobsen moved to West Hoboken, New Jersey, a thriving port town across the harbor from New York’s busy shipping thoroughfare. He kept a studio in New York City, married and had three children. Jacobsen’s reputation was renowned both here and abroad, and he was commissioned by several large English shipping lines to paint their fleets. Jacobsen’s works are found in many important public collections including the Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut. In addition, the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts has over forty works by Jacobsen, and the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Virginia, has many of his sketches and paintings.
Oil on canvas, signed, dated 1914 and inscribed lower right, titled on verso gallery label “The Four Masted Barque Roanoke Under Full Sail, 1914,” and housed in a beautiful giltwood frame. Dimensions: 19 ½” h x 35 ½” w, actual; 30 ½” h x 46” w, framed.
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