(b Balslev, Funen [now Fyn], 12 May 1745; d Copenhagen, 27 Dec. 1802). Danish painter. He had a distinguished career both in Denmark and on his travels throughout Europe—he studied in Hamburg and between 1772 and 1779 he worked successively in Dresden, Rome, Paris, and Geneva. After settling in Copenhagen he became court painter (1780) and a professor at the Academy (1784), although he had little interest in teaching.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)