The artist came to New York from Denmark in 1871 and after abandoning a career in music soon found work in ship drawing after he was seen sketching around the docks of New York City. His childhood fascination with boats and sailing soon turned into a lucrative career that lasted almost fifty years. The number of boats and ships in harbors such as New York is almost inconceivable; there was no shortage of captains and shipmasters that wanted a picture of their ships. Jacobsen learned to master his craft with efficiency and dexterity like few artists ever could. 3,000 of his paintings are listed in official records of the time and as many as 6,000 are believed to have been painted in his lifetime. His paintings today now hang in nearly every major marine exhibit in America ands Europe.
The White House Ventura County Maritime Museum Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of ArtCollections:The Mariner’s Museum, VirginiaBulter Institute of American ArtFarnsworth Art MuseumMuseum of the City of New YorkNew Jersey State MuseumNew York Historical SocietyOhio Historical SocietyPeabody Essex MuseumPenobscot Marine MuseumShelburne Museum, VermontSmithsonian American Art MuseumThe Columbus Museum of Art-OhioThe Maritime Gallery at Mystic SeaportThe Museum of Arts and SciencesThe Newark Museum
The White House
Ventura County Maritime Museum
Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art