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Haag, Carl

Briony Llewellyn

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Erlangen, April 20, 1820; d Oberwesel, Jan 24, 1915).

German painter, active in Britain. After studying in Nuremberg, he painted miniature portraits in Munich and Brussels. In 1847 he went to London to study English techniques of watercolour painting and evolved a method that he claimed achieved the ‘brilliancy of oil painting, combined with the tender-sweetness of water-colours’ (Millar, p. 144). From 1850 he exhibited at the Society of Painters in Water-Colours and was elected a full member in 1853. That year he was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to paint two large and elaborate watercolours commemorating deerstalking expeditions at Balmoral in Scotland (British Royal Col.); he returned to Balmoral in 1863 and 1864.

Between 1847 and 1858 Haag made painting excursions to Rome, Venice, the Tyrol, Montenegro, Dalmatia and Munich. A more ambitious expedition to Egypt, Palestine and Syria in 1858–60 provided subjects on which much of his subsequent fame and prosperity rested. He spent the first winter in Cairo sharing a house with Frederick Goodall and making sketching trips to Giza and Suez. The following Easter he went to Jerusalem, Palmyra and Baalbek. Haag returned to Egypt in ...

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