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Erling Carl Vilhelm Eckersberg

(1808–1889, Copenhagen)

View through the Colonnades of the Colosseum. Etching. 12.8 x 13.4 cm.

Erling Eckersberg, the son of Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, studied at the Copenhagen Academy, where he won the gold medal in 1833. He subsequently continued his artistic training in Paris, Parma and Rome, returning in 1833 to Copenhagen, where he resolved to stay. Erling produced a number of reproductive engravings after works by his father as well as by Wilhelm Marstrand and Ernst Meyer, but he never gained prominence as an artist. The present engraving, which is not recorded in Heller-Andresen, goes back to a composition by his father during his stay in Rome from 1813 to 1816. The small but remarkably atmospheric print has been executed in a disciplined and accomplished engraving technique which comes close to the fine linework of the original drawing. In its simplicity and bold reduction of form it perfectly reproduces the style of Christoffer Eckersberg’s Roman period. A very fine, nuanced impression with thread margins. Slight staining, minor traces of handling, otherwise in good condition.

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