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Friedrich Carl Groeger (1766-1838) "Danish naval officer Peter Buhl", fine pastel portrait, 1811/12

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Executed shortly before his death (6th July 1812; see his biography below) it is a very rare portrait of well-known Danish naval officer Peter Buhl (our image nr. 8 shows him several years younger).
As convincingly prove our comparison images nr. 10-14 it is a work of Hamburg artist, known as author of numerous portraits of Danish royalties and military persons - Friedrich Carl Groeger.

The sitter, Peter Buhl was born on 16th May 1789, in Fredericia, Denmark as a son of Attorney General Hans Buhl (1751-1814) and Mette Dorothea Thomsen (1755-1806). Already in age of 18, as a cadet, he participated in 1807 at defence (from the seaside) of Copenhagen (begin of Danish-English Gunboat War (CLICK HERE)). Soon thereafter, in August of 1807, he lost his left arm in combat.
In November 1808 he was promoted to 2nd lieutenant.
He distinguished himself especially in 1811, as he (under the command of Lieutenant Jorgen Conrad de Falsen and Major Ketil Melstedt) participated in unsuccessful attempt to turn English troops out of Island Anholt. He was prisoned there, but soon thereafter released.
On 4th July 1811 he was again wounded and again captured by the enemy.
Again released, he served several months long in Norwegian Fleet (part of Danish Royal Navy). In the bloody sea battle of 6th July 1812, at Lynga, Norway, where his frigate was total destroyed by the enemy, he found, together with 130 men of crew his heroic death.
Still in 1809 he was awarded Knight Cross of the Danish Order of the Danneborg which we see on this portrait.
He was buried in Askero, Norway, where in 1847 a monument was erected.

Friedrich Carl Groeger (1766 Ploen - 1838 Hamburg) was a son of a tailor and apprenticed to a turner and a house painter. Self-taught, he started to draw portraits and settled in Luebeck in 1785 where Heinrich Jacob Aldenrath became his pupil and soon a faithful friend. For many years these two artists worked together and a lot of the miniatures are signed with their two names. In 1789 they went to Berlin, then to Hamburg and in 1798 to Dresden. After a stay in Paris, Kiel and Copenhagen, they settled in Hamburg in 1814. Croeger also painted excellent portraits in oils and was a good lithographer.

Provenance: antique shop in Malmö, Sweden

Condition: good; in original frame

Creation Year: 1811/12

Measurements: UNFRAMED:43,5x37,5cm/17,1x14,8in FRAMED: 55,0x49,0cm/21,7x19,3in

Object Type: Framed pastel

Style: 19th century paintings

Technique: pastel on vellum

Inscription: -

Creator: Friedrich Carl Groeger
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1766 Ploen-1838 Hamburg

Nationality: German

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