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Work by Christian Krohg of Leif Eriksson to Be Offered at Sotheby’s

"Leif Erikson Discovering America", by Christian Krohg - (Est. £150,000-250,000). Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s London sale of 19th
European Paintings on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010, is to include an
important work
by Norwegian artist Christian Krohg (1852-1925) of Leif Eriksson
America. Estimated at £150,000-250,000, the painting will spearhead the
Norwegian component of the Scandinavian section of the sale. Leif
Eriksson was a
Norse explorer (c.970 – c.1020) regarded as the first European to land
in North
America, nearly five hundred years before Christopher Columbus.

November 1891 newspapers in Kristiania (now Oslo) announced that The
Eriksson Memorial Association was to stage a competition for Norwegian
to execute a large painting of Eriksson for the Chicago World’s Fair of
1893, to
coincide with a journey taken by the ‘Viking’ ship, a replica of the
(excavated in 1880 after a ship burial centuries earlier), from Norway
to the
fair. The fair celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’
in the New World in 1492.