Heinrich Pommerencke

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Heinrich Pommerencke (1821–1873) was a successful portrait painter of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


Pommerencke was born on 21 June 1821 in Plate near Schwerin[1] and brought up in poverty. He pursued his studies in art in Berlin from 1848 to 1851. After returning to Schwerin, he returned to Berlin to further studies under Carl Joseph Begas with a scholarship from Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.[2][3] He also went to Paris between 1851 and 1854 in the studio of the historian Ary Scheffer.[3] He painted the portrait of Helena, Duchess of Orleans, by which he gained the protection of the reigning royal family. After a trip to Rome, he returned to Schwerin in 1854,[3] where he painted many pictures for the Grand Duke. His portraits were also popular with the bourgeoisie of North Germany. He died on 21 February 1873 in Schwerin.[1]

The Staatliches Museum Schwerin has 28 paintings from Pommerencke, 25 of which are portraits; More are at Kulturhistorisches Museum in Rostock (Museum of Cultural History).[4]

Die Teegesellschaft — the tea party, 1846


  1. ^ a b Grewolls, Grete (2011). Wer war wer in Mecklenburg und Vorpommern. Das Personenlexikon (in German). Rostock: Hinstorff Verlag. p. 7726. ISBN 978-3-356-01301-6.
  2. ^ Schlie, Friedrich (1884). Beschreibendes Verzeichniss der Werke neuerer Meister in der Grossherzoglichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Schwerin. (in German) Schwerin: Bärensprung, p. 57–58. (online by Internet Archive) (Descriptive list of the works of new masters in the Grand Ducal Painting Gallery of Schwerin)
  3. ^ a b c Description of the painting: Die Teegesellschaft. (the tea party) on: Virtuelles Landesmuseum Mecklenburg (Virtual state museum of Mecklenburg) (in German).
  4. ^ Description of the painting: Die Teegesellschaft. Antiquariat Müller & Draheim, Potsdam, Katalog 20, Lot 61, PDF, p. 74–75


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1889). "Pommerencke, Heinrich". In Armstrong, Sir Walter; Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (L–Z). II (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker at all (1938). Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (in German). Vol. 27. E. A. Seemann, Leipzig. p. 236.

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