Carl Saltzmann studied at the Berlin Academy where he later taught, and enjoyed the patronage of Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Frederick (the future Kaiser Frederick III). In 1878 Victoria invited Saltzmann to be her son Heinrich's chaperone on his two-year world tour aboard the corvette Prinz Adalbert. From 1884 to 1885, at Heinrich's request, the brothers received instruction in drawing and painting from him. When William acceded to the throne as Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1888, he asked Saltzmann to join him on his first and successive northern tours of Russia, Sweden, and Denmark to record the journeys. His success allowed Saltzmann to commission a villa and studio in Neubabelsberg near Potsdam, where he completed many of his finished paintings including the present one, inscribed Nbbg.
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