Wilhelm ROSENSTAND (1838-1915)
is a Danish illustrator painter who stayed in Rome from 1869 for several years on a scholarship from the Academy, then he came to Paris with Léon Bonnat in 1881 and 1882. He returned to Denmark in 1883.
Back in his country, W. Rosenstrand had to portray these children who are part of the local aristocracy. At a time when photography was only an emerging art, family portraits were still in vogue. Having your children portrayed is a social marker and allows you to leave posterity with the image of your success.
In this portrait we have three children, two boys in sailor suits and a little girl, all three wisely posed in their summer clothes, one of the boys holding a book on his lap.