1890 Artist Sculptor F.L.H. Leonard de Fernelmont Cabinet Card Photo
#053 Franciscus Leonardus Hubertus de Fernelmont
On reverse: "Presented to my friend Ernst A. Geo Intemann, Detroit Mich, Jan 25, 1890, F.L.H. de Fernelmont" is handwritten and signed in fancy old fountain pen ink. Photo type: Vintage Victorian Cabinet Card photograph. Photographer: McMichael & Hughes, 210-212 Woodard Ave, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. (known to be photographers Alfred McMichael or Alfred G. McMichael & J. Wesley Hughes, John Wesley Hughes)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Leonard De Fernelmont in the United States Census 1910
Event Place: Philadelphia Ward 32, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year (Estimated): 1843
Immigration Year: 1886
Parent's Birthplace: both born in Belgium
Household Gender Age Birthplace:
Leonard De Fernelmont M 67 Belgium
Cornelia De Fernelmont F 59 Belgium, wife
Leonard de Fernelmont, Artist
Full name: Franciscus Leonard Hubertus de Fernelmont
Born 1842 in Netherlands, Roermond, Holland
Profession: Wood, Stone decorator Sculptor and relief artist who studied in Europe, was first employed at the Company Cuypers. He was commissioned by many, including Alexander Bleys. In 1884 he lived in New York City. On May 8, 1918, he lived in Philadelphia and he applied for a patent for molding decorative elements of interior walls, which was granted.
Angels at RK Kerkhof Welgelegen in Medemblik
Stone portrait of Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft at Keizersgracht 508 in Amsterdam
Christ Statue at the St. Cyriacus
Francis the Great Northern 15 Hoorn
From The 1896 American Historical Register, Volume 4 from the Historical Register Publishing Company: "Professor Leonard H. de Fernelmont, the Belgian sculptor, is working on a statue of George Washington, representing him as a Masonic Grand Master, wearing the apron made for him by Madame Lafayette for freemasonry. It is to be placed in the new Masonic Temple at Detroit, Michigan. It will be of statuary marble, 6 feet 2 inches high, with a pedestal of 3 feet 6 inches."
(We could not find a photo of this statue in online searches)
Exhibited: Detroit, 1889, 1894
Work: Grand National Museum, Amsterdam; Statues in Holland Churches
Professor at the Detroit Museum of Art, 1881;
Professor of sculpture at the Detroit School of Arts, 1892-93
The Magazine of Art, Volume 10: Marion Harry Spielmann, Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1887: "Leonard H. de Fernelmont, a well-known Dutch sculptor, has taken a studio at New York. He has executed statues for public buildings in Amsterdam and the Hague, and is equally at home in religious, historical and portrait-sculpture."
This photo is signed to his important friend Ernest August George Intemann:
From the Book: "Distinguished successful Americans of our day; containing biographies of prominent Americans now living by Successful Americans (Chicago, Illinois) Published 1912": "Ernest August George Intemann: Merchant, Was born Eversen, Hanover, Germany, Oct. 25, 1848; seventh son of Claus Hinrich Intemann, a prosperous farmer; lost parents when quite young; came to the United States 1861; attended German school connected with St. Johannes church, New York City; married September, 1869, Catherine Margaretta Lange, eight children: Mary M., Carolina W., Ernest A.G., Jr., Charles L.H., Alfred C., Agnes H., Flora D., and Frederick W. Learned confectioners trade; established own business in 1869. Always active in interests of the confectionery trade and was instrumental in having law passed at Albany to permit opening of confectionery and similar stores on Sundays; since 1886, president United Confectioners Supply company; also president Confectioners Manufacturing company, manufacturers of Hygeia ice. Prominent Free Mason. Ex-president German branch Y.M.C.A. Residence: 27 Bank street."
Leonard H. de Fernelmont is about 50 years of age in this photo, which is a beautiful and close up intimate sepia portrait. He wears a large ornate vintage gold medal pin, with a crown, on his lapel. We have included a close up shot of this medal in scans. This photo was found in Hampden County MA. He is recorded as being both Dutch and Belgian in public records. A beautiful and rare portrait of an important artist.
Size: 4.5 by 7 inches
Note: The original is sold, but you may still purchase large, detailed and intimate 300 dpi high resolution scans of front and back, sent immediately via email. Please check our site carefully, as many may be related to each other that we are unaware of. Click scan to place in your cart. Thank you, enjoy! ~debra (please also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. contact info on top bar)