Ernest Ludwig Ipsen
Although born in a small suburban town in Massachusetts, Ernest Ludwig Ipsen’s artistic talent catapulted him to world fame. Indeed, by the end of his life, Ipsen painted portraits of luminaries including Supreme Court Justice, and later president, William Howard Taft and United States Ambassador to Denmark, Dr. Maurice Francis Egan (notably, this portrait was presented to the King and Queen of Denmark). Ipsen trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1885–87, and later at the Copenhagen Royal Academy. He specialized in portraiture, but also painted marine scenes and landscapes along the eastern coast of America. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and American Watercolor Society, and exhibited at venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, National Arts Club, and Century Association. His work may be viewed at the Art Institute of Chicago; Butler Institute of American Art; and National Academy of Design.