This is Carl Gustaf Pilo

By Gwylym Owen

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Carl Gustaf Pilo (5 March 1711 – 2 March 1793) was a Swedish-born artist and painter. Pilo worked extensively in Denmark as a painter to the Danish Royal Court and as professor and director at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi), as capably as in his native Sweden.

His prolific output in Denmark consisted mainly of portraits of royalty and the nobility, but included moreover genre paintings in the Dutch style. For exceeding two decades, he was established as the foremost portrait painter in Denmark. In addition to Peder Als, other students of his were Per Krafft and Lorens Pasch. Pilo is most famous for his masterly painting, “The Coronation of Gustaf III” commissioned by King Gustav III of Sweden.

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