Oil on canvas 22 x 37 inches Framed size 30 ½ x 45 ½ inches Signed & dated 1869
Wilhelm Melbye was born in Elsinore Denmark and was the second son of three artist brothers and by far the most talented and revered.He studied at the Academy in Copenhagen under his brother Daniel, but soon outshone his work.Wilhelm then travelled to London, Dusseldorf and Paris where his excellent marine paintings found a ready market.He lived in London between 1853 and 1867 and was a regular exhibitor at the major London exhibitions including the Royal Academy where he exhibited 11 pieces.His subjects ranged from views of the Icelandic Coast down to the Bay of Naples. His work was so popular that he was able to charge £100 for his larger pieces such as this one.He was noted for his meticulous attention to detail. In his late life he returned to Denmark where he became head of the Academy in Copenhagen until his death in Roskilde in 1882.
Works in Museums: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; Royal Naval Museum, Copenhagen; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Lansmuseum, Sweden; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of New South Wales; Frederiksborg Museum, Zeeland
Bibl: Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America - E.H.H. Archibald 19th Century Marine Painting by Denys Brook-Hart Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood