Antonio Jacobsen

(1850-1921)

Antonio Jacobsen was a marine painter who studied at the Royal Academy of Copenhagen and is represent in every large marine museum in the U.S. and Europe. Jacobsen came to New York City in 1871 and made money by decorating the doors of bank safes. He began painting portraits of vessels in the "Old Dominion Steamship Line". Jacobsen painted about 6,000 steamships in the NYC harbor between 1876-1919. He truly was the most prolific marine painter ever. Many of Jacobsen's patrons were ship masters or boat owners in search of an accurately detailed record of their vessel. Jacobsen would make detailed sketches in pencil which he documented in catalogued notebooks before beginning his painting. Jacobsen died in 1921.