Johann Jakob Frey

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Sun Breaking through Clouds above the Roman Campagna

Johann Jakob Frey (27 January 1813 - 30 September 1865), a Swiss landscape painter, a native of Basle, studied principally in Italy, and his views of that country are much valued. From Egypt, whither he accompanied Professor Lepsius, he brought many excellent sketches of the Pyramids, Labyrinths, &c. It is to be regretted that he was obliged to make but a short stay on account of his health. His painting of 'Chamsyn in the Desert,' in the possession of the Emperor of Germany, was produced in 1845, and is greatly admired. He died at Frascati, near Rome, in 1865. The Modern Gallery at Munich has his Two Memnons near Thebes.


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Frey, Johannes". In Graves, Robert Edmund (ed.). Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.