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Antonio Jacobsen

Transitional Steam Sailor, U.S. Naval Ship, 1890
Oil on canvas
22 x 26 inches

Antonio Jacobsen

Blackball Packet Columbia

Oil on board
22 x 36 inches


Antonio Jacobsen

New York Pilot Boat, 1907
Oil on board
14 x 24 inches

(Danish-American, 1850-1921)

Antonio Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1850. After having studied realism at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, he moved to America to avoid being drafted into the Franco-Prussian War (1871). He lived in New York City as a safe decorator and within a few years he began painting portraits of ships that were in the Old Dominion Steamship Line and between 1876-1919 the prolific painter executed more than 5900 portraits of vessels ranging from freighters, steamships, sailing vessel, schooners and yachts.

In 1880, Jacobsen moved to West Hoboken, New Jersey, where he remained for the rest of his life. A majority of his canvases are signed A. Jacobsen or Antonio Jacobsen with one of his West Hoboken addresses below the signature. He died in West Hoboken in 1921. The editors of Who Was Who in American Art (volume 2, p. 1707) claim, “In his later life, his daughter, Helen, helped paint the sky and water of his pictures. His son Carl even painted some of his own ship portraits.”

Jacobsen's work is many museums throughout the U.S. including the Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA; Mystic Seaport Museum (CT); Peabody Museum, Salem (MA); New York Historical Society (NY); Fall River Marine Museum (MA); Louisiana State Museum (LA) and the Shelburne Museum (VA).

 

Bibliography: Smith Gallery, Catalogue Raisonne (1984); Muller, Paintings and Drawings at the Shelburne Museum (1983); Who Was Who in American Art (vol. ii, p. 1707.)