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HOLGER HVITFELD JERICHAU (1861-1900)

HOLGER HVITFELD JERICHAU (1861-1900)

THE ROAD TO THE OBSERVATORY ON MOUNT VESUVIUS
Signed & dedicated l.m. Hvad næsvis Røg og Sod hos Nabo lægger øde. For det Vesuvius lyse Røg venskabeligst maa bøde. Hilsen fra Holger H. Jerichau 

Dated & inscribed to reverse of panel 1895 St. Sebastiano 

Oil on panel
23 x 35.5 cm

 

 

 

Dating from the final years of his life, when he was living in Capri, this intriguing view shows intrepid tourists ascending the hills by Mt. Vesuvius to reach the Osservatorio, the oldest volcanology institute in the world (founded in 1841 by King Ferdinand II).

 

 

Holger Hvitfeldt Jerichau was the son of Elisabeth Baumann, a renowned Danish portrait painter, and Jens Adolf Jerichau, an art professor and sculptor. His brother was the talented landscape painter Harald Jerichau, also an avid traveller who died prematurely. Holger learnt painting from his Mother and, unlike his brother Harald, did not attend any art schools in his youth. Instead, his Mother provided important introductions to the Russian Court, which started him on his lifelong perambulations around Europe and the Near East.

 

He specialised in landscapes, primarily in Italy, Egypt, India and Russia, spending comparatively little time in his home country of Denmark. He lived in Capri for a period, moved on to Crimea, and thence to India (spending time in Dhar, Bombay and in the Indian Jungle reputedly) via Egypt and the Suez canal.

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