Item #AT-0274

"Kullaberg Peninsula, Sweden" Oil on Canvas attributed to Ferdinand Richardt (1819 - 1895)


"Kullaberg Peninsula, Sweden" Oil on Canvas attributed to Ferdinand Richardt (1819 - 1895)
Period large gilt frame.

American/ Denmark



19"H x 15.5"W


28.5" x 32.5" ( Frame is about 7" thick!)

Ferdinand Richardt (1819-1895): A Brief Biography by Melinda Young Stuart 2003.
Ferdinand Richardt, whose full name was Joachim Ferdinand Richardt, was born in Brede, Denmark, just north of Copenhagen, and studied at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen with Bertel Thorvaldsen, Gustav Hetsch, and J.L.Lund. Early on he received support from the Danish Crown to travel, sketch, and paint landscapes and castles, and a number of his paintings soon entered the royal collections. His lithographs (sketched "from Nature") of Danish and Swedish manor houses began appearing in 1844, and were widely acquired by Scandinavia's landed gentry until the series ended in 1870. In 1855, Richardt embarked on a sojourn to America, reputedly at the invitation of William Vanderbilt who was said to have paid him $14,000 for a painting of Niagara Falls. This 4-year visit allowed Richardt to produce over 100 landscape canvases of Niagara Falls, the Mississippi River, Mammoth Cave, and Philadelphia.

By 1860, Richardt was back in Copenhagen displaying his American "prospects" to the Danish public and continuing his lithographic productions. During that decade he married, exhibited annually at Denmark's Charlottenborg salon, and traveled to Italy and England where Queen Victoria invited him to show his work at Windsor Castle. During these years Richardt also produced a large number of Copenhagen and Stockholm city views, as well as pure landscapes and architecture studies.

In 1873, the artist immigrated with his family to the United States, stopping for a year and a half at Niagara Falls, before arriving in San Francisco in 1875. During his final 20 years on the West Coast, Richardt specialized in marine and city views, and depicted the majestic redwood groves north and south of San Francisco, even then being rapidly cut down. Several fine Richardt canvases of Yosemite valley are also known, although most of his travels were closer to home. In 1876 he moved across the water to the city of Oakland, but maintained an active exhibition and teaching schedule on both sides of the bay through the 1880s. He died in Oakland in 1895

Biography from the Archives of askART.