Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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- C. W. Eckersberg
- King Frederik VI of Denmark (1768 - 1839)
- signed with initial and dated E. 1820. lower left
- oil on canvas
- 46 by 37cm., 18 by 14½in.
José Maria O'Neill (1788-1842; a gift from the sitter); thence by descent to the present owner
Pedro O'Neill Teixeira, Amigos da Dinamarca: Um Olhar sobre a Vida nas Sociedades Portuguese e Dinamarquesa do Século XIX, Hans Christian Andersen, Dal Borgo di Primo, os Wulff e a ligação com a família O'Neill de Portugal, Lisbon, 2007, ill.
José Maria O’Neill was the head of a branch of the Irish O'Neill dynasty, O’Neills of Clanaboy, established in Portugal since the early 18th century. He was a very successful merchant based in Lisbon, being there Consul-General of Denmark, Greece and Belgium. He was made chevalier of the Order of Dannebrog by King Frederik VI of Denmark in 1839, who had sent him the present work as a sign of gratitude for his services to his country. Eckersberg first painted a similar version of King Frederik VI in 1819 which is currently held in the Royal Danish Collection.