The Northern Drawbridge to the Citadel in Copenhagen, 1837, Christen Købke
This view is from the Citadel of Copenhagen towards one of the bridges
of the moat. The artist lived with his family in the Citadel until 1833
and this canvas may have been painted as a souvenir for Købke's mother,
the first recorded owner of the picture. It was preceded by a detailed
drawing and an oil sketch, both of which survive. They show that the
artist made slight alterations in the final painting, adding the two
soldiers who are shown fishing on the far bank of the moat, and omitting
a tree on the right.
Christen Schiellerup Købke (26 May 1810 – 7 February 1848), Danish painter, was born in Copenhagen
to Peter Berendt Købke, a baker, and his wife Cecilie Margrete. He was
one of 11 children. Købke is one of the best known artists belonging to
the Golden Age of Danish Painting.
Stamp Issue: 1989.11.10