|Antonio Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1850 to a family of violin makers. He studied art at Copenhagenís Royal Academy and after immigrating to the United States in 1871 he settled in New York and began a career as a successful ship portraitist. In 1880, he moved to West Hoboken, New Jersey, on the Palisades above the mouth of New York Harbor. Jacobsen is widely recognized as the American artist who most successfully recorded the important transitional era in maritime history when vessels were evolving from sail to steam. One of the most prolific marine artists in history, he is known to have completed more than 6,000 paintings in his lifetime.