Born in Hamburg, the painter and printmaker Johann Hermann Carmiencke trained in Dresden under the Norwegian landscape painter Johann Christian Dahl. Subsequently, the artist embarked on a journey that would take him first to Sweden, then Germany, and finally Italy, between 1845 and ’46, to study and draw landscapes. He was to pursue a successful career in Denmark, where he worked as King Christian VIII’s court painter from 1846 to 51, the year when war in Northern Europe obliged him to emigrate to America.