Benjamin Patersen

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Russian postage stamp with Patersen's view of the English Embankment.

Benjamin Patersen, or Patersson (Russian: Бенжамен Патерсен; 2 September 1748/50 in Varberg – 1814/15 in Saint Petersburg) was a Swedish-born Russian painter and engraver; known primarily for his cityscapes.


His father was a customs clerk. He received his artistic education in Göteborg with Simon Fick [sv], a local church painter, and became a member of the Society of Artists. From 1774 to 1786, he worked in Riga.[1] In 1787, he went to Saint Petersburg and placed an advertisement in the newspaper, Vedomosti, offering his services as a painter. He was married there in 1791.

He established himself as a portrait and genre painter, but is best known for his views of Saint Petersburg. He created over 100 of them; 33 in oil, the rest watercolors or tinted engravings. Collectively, they represent an irreplaceable historical record of the city as it was at that time.

He never lost touch with Sweden, however. In 1790, he began sending his works to the annual exhibitions at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts and, in 1798, he was named a member.[1] Around 1800, on a commission by Tsar Paul I, he created a series of works depicting the banks of the Neva, which earned him an appointment as court painter.[1] Most of his works are currently held by the Hermitage and the Pushkin Museum.

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Biographical notes @ RusArtNet.

Further reading[edit]

  • Galina Komelova, Петербург конца XVIII — начала XIX века в акварелях и гравюрах Б. Патерсена (prints and watercolors of B. Patersen), Изобразительное искусство, 1984

External links[edit]

Media related to Benjamin Patersen at Wikimedia Commons