In 1827, at the age of eleven, Charles Leickert started to follow classes at the Drawing Academy in The Hague. Born in Brussels, his family had just moved to the Dutch capital of The Hague. At the academy he befriended fellow students such as Wijnand Nuyen (1813-1839) and Salomon Verveer (1813-1876). His most important tutor at the academy was the celebrated townscape painter Bartholomeus Johannes van Hove (1790-1880) who instructed him on the fundamental principles of the academic tradition, focusing on the rendering of line and chiaroscuro after plaster casts. Despite the death of his father and the resulting shortage of funds, Leickert's mother insisted that her son continued his education and convinced the board of the academy that the young Charles deserved a scholarship for drawing lessons. Once the talented Nuyen opened his own atelier in 1833, Leickert left the academy and joined his friend's new studio. Following Nuyen's untimely death in 1839 Leickert moved to the studio of Nuyen's tutor Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870). This renowned landscape painter had great influence on the young Leickert, who made rapid progress and became one of Schelfhout's most prominent pupils. Leickert would specialize in winter landscapes, the genre that had made his teacher famous. His other subjects were realistic landscapes and cityscapes in which figures were subservient to the landscape. In 1847 he was present at the founding of the Pulchri Studio in The Hague and he became a regular member of the artist's society 'Arti et Amicitiae' in Amsterdam. From 1848 onwards Leickert settled in Amsterdam, moving to the German city of Mainz in 1887.
Please compare to an oil painting by the same hand with a similar composition sold at Sotheby's, London, 25 May 2016, lot 40.