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 Otto Reinhold Jacobi  (1812 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/South Dakota/New York/Quebec/Ontario / Germany/Canada/Russian Federation      Known for: Canadian landscape and figure painting, teaching

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Otto Reinhold Jacobi (b. 1812 / d. 1901)

Otto Jacobi was born on February 27, 1812 in Konigsberg, Russia.

From the time he was ten, Jacobi showed a talent as an artist.  He had two teachers in his early years, drawing teacher, Christian Ernst Rauschke, and portrait painter Andreas Knorre.  At only 16, Jocobi left home to teach at at the Institute of the Deaf of Königsberg.  

With financial support from his fathers friends, he was able to study under Karl Friedrich Schulz at the Academy of Arts in Berlin in 1830.  In September of that same year, Jacobi had his first exhibition.  In c. 1834, he was able to attend the prestigious academy in Dusseldorf by winning a three year scholarship.

He continued to live in Dusseldorf for the next nine years.  While living here, Jacobi exhibited in Berlin in 1834, 1836 and 1839, as well as, at Halberstadt in 1836 and Leipzig in 1837, 1839 and 1841.  In c. 1840, he obtained a permanent position as the court painter in Wiesbaden, given to him by the Duchess of Nassau.

Jacobi spent the next twenty years in Wiesbaden.  During that time there he was not only the court painter but also, gave drawing lessons to children of the ducal house, was curator of the collection of paintings of the Duke and did frescoes for the chapel Greek in 1855.

He was married to Sybille and they had children Fanziska (1845) and Louise (1851).  In 1860, Jacobi went alone to New York but then shortly moved to Montreal, Canada.  His family joined him in c.1865.  Jacobi moved a considerable amount of times over the years 1865 to 1901.  For a short time he was a teacher at the College of Art and Design in Ontario.  In 1890 he became the president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Due to becoming more reclusive and some eye-sight problems, Jacobi and his wife left Canada to live with their daughter, Louise in Ardoch North Dakota.  It was here that he died on February 8, 1901.

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