(1818–1875), Danish-born maritime painter. Daniel Hermann Anton Melbye became a painter by chance. The eldest of three sons of a customs official, he was born on February 13, 1818, in Copenhagen and grew up in Elsinore, an important port north of Copenhagen. He hoped to become a sailor, but he started as a carpenter's apprentice instead, at the royal naval dockyard at Copenhagen. Here he met C. Wilhelm Eckersberg, who invited him to attend the Royal Danish Academy of Art, where he studied for only a year, 1838–1839, and studied privately with Eckersberg as well, before making his debut at the academy exhibition at Charlottenborg Palace in 1840.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.