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HOLGER HVITFELDT JERICHAU (1861-1900)

HOLGER HVITFELDT 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 backboard 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 work 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 of Naples.

 

 

Holger Hvitfeldt Jerichau was the son of Elisabeth Baumann, a 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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