Sailing Vessels at Wilders Plads, Copenhagen

Artist: Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (Danish, Blåkrog 1783–1853 Copenhagen)

Date: 1830

Medium: Pen and black ink with brown and gray wash; wide framing line in black ink

Dimensions: sheet: 8 7/16 x 6 5/16 in. (21.5 x 16 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.180


After spending his student years in Paris and Rome, Eckersberg returned to his native land, where, as a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, he earned the epithet "father of Danish painting." Eckersberg produced portraits throughout his career, but his serene maritime views reflect his Neoclassical training most lucidly.