Carl Saltzmann

Carl Saltzmann (23 September 1847, Berlin - 14 January 1923, Potsdam) was a German marine and landscape painter.

Carl Saltzmann (1908)
In rough gray seas, the white and black whaling steamer Duncan Grey, stack spewing orange smoke obscuring the rear mast, crests a swell, pursuing a freshly harpooned and bloody whale, as the bow spotter signals the running whale's direction, against a backdrop of mountains and partially cloudy skies.
Whaling with the Duncan Grey, 1900
Kaiserin Augusta verlässt Newyork (English: "SMS Kaiserin Augusta leaving New York"); 1895 lithograph from Unsre Kriegsflotte.
A view landward, of a beach, sunset in the distance. In the fading light, a few men and women wearing sombreros and scarves sit together by a thatch-roofed hut and two longboats which have been dragged up the beach. A woman in long skirts is walking away from the group, carrying a basket on her head toward a tiled-roof whitewashed house higher up the beach, behind a green slat fence. Palm trees and palmettos are silhouetted against the late sunset, the sky dotted with high yellow- and violet-tinged clouds.
View of Acapulco, 1879


He was a pupil of Hermann Eschke, then studied at Düsseldorf, and, after traveling through the Netherlands and Italy, settled in Berlin. In 1878-80 he went with Prince Henry of Prussia on his trip around the world and later accompanied the German Emperor on his visit to St. Petersburg and Norway.

Of his pictures resulting from these journeys may be mentioned "Corvette Prince Adalbert in the Strait of Magellan" (1883, Breslau Museum), "In the Pacific Ocean" (1888, German Emperor), and "Arrival of the Hohenzollern at Kronstadt" (Emperor of Russia). The National Gallery, Berlin, contains two paintings by him. In 1888 Saltzmann was awarded the great gold medal at Berlin and in 1896 he was appointed professor at the Academy.

Saltzmann's painting "Walfang mit der Duncan Grey" (Whaling with the Duncan Grey) depicted the 15 July 1892 "pleasure whaling trip" taken by German Emperor Wilhelm II on the whaling and sealing vessel Duncan Grey, during which a sei whale was harpooned with explosive shells and hauled back to shore.[1][2]


  1. ^ Barthelmess, Klaus (November 2007). "Lille Carl: a famous sealer and whaler" (PDF). South Georgia Association Newsletter. South Georgia Association (13): 3–4. ISSN 1747-4302. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  2. ^ "William Slaying Whales - Chase in the Duncan Grey off the Norwegian Coast". The New York Times. London Standard from NordDeutsche Zeitung. August 17, 1892. (PDF[permanent dead link])

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