Kügelgen, Wilhelm von (1802 – 1867). Jaakobi ja Raheli kohtunine (1820 – 30s)
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Lower right – Wilhelm Kügelgen inv.
Wilhelm Georg Alexander von Kügelgen (20 November 1802, St.Petersburg – 25 May 1867, Ballenstedt) was a German portrait and history painter, writer, and chamberlain at the Court of Anhalt-Bernburg. He is best known for his posthumously published memoirs, which have gone through many editions from seventeen different publishers.
He was the son of portrait and history painter Gerhard von Kügelgen. The home where he grew up in Dresden is now the Kügelgenhaus Museum. He attended the Gymnasium in Bernburg (Saale) and studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.
In 1833, he became the Court Painter at the Anhalt-Bernburg summer residence in Ballenstedt and remained there the rest of his life. From 1853 to 1863, he served as personal chamberlain to Duke Alexander Karl.
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