Alexander Humboldt Portrait by Friedrich Heinrich-POSSIBLE MUSEUM PIECE (104925)

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Alexander Humboldt Portrait by Friedrich Heinrich-POSSIBLE MUSEUM PIECE (104925)
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Original portrait of Alexander Humboldt (1769-1859) by Friedrich Heinrich, Freiherr von Kittlitz (1799 – 1874). He was a German artist, naval officer, explorer and naturalist. He was a descendant of a family of old Prussian nobility ("Freiherr" meaning "independent lord" - ranking with a baron). The painting has been repaired and is in reasonable condition for its age. 18" x 15", framed 26" x 23". Appears to possibly be from a museum collection, by the look of the frame/mounting and quality. Definitely the work of a skilled artist. Please inspect!

Alexander von Humboldt was a universal scholar who worked on his research relentlessly. His expedition on the American continent, his best-known project, is only a fraction of the scientist’s achievements. He studied geology, mineralogy, oceanography, zoology and botany. He was a Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Humboldt's advocacy of long-term systematic geophysical measurement laid the foundation for modern geomagnetic and meteorological monitoring. (courtesy, Wikipedia)

Between 1799 and 1804, Humboldt travelled extensively in the Americas, exploring and describing them for the first time from a modern scientific point of view. His description of the journey was written up and published in an enormous set of volumes over 21 years. Humboldt was one of the first people to propose that the lands bordering the Atlantic Ocean were once joined (South America and Africa in particular).

The Humboldt Current, also called the Peru Current, is a cold ocean current of low salinity that flows in the north-west direction along the coast of South America. Named after the Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, the current originates in the southern tip of Chile and flows north to Peru and then west along the equator, bathing the Galapagos archipelago. The current has an impacting cooling influence in the climates of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru. (courtesy, Quasar Expeditions)

Country (if not USA): Germany