Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg (1829-1909)

Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg (1829-1909)

Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1829, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1860 at the age of 31. He was an artist who painted landscapes and seascapes and other scenes. He is my great, great grandfather.

Birth

Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg was born on September 27, 1829, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Emigration

He left for America in 1860.

Marriage

He married Catherine Tandrop (nicknamed Kate), sixteen years his junior, on July 11, 1863. The couple settled in Cincinnati. Kate was born in Munich, Germany on December 13, 1845 and died in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August 1937.

Children

  1. Fanny Thora Blomberg. Married Walter Palm.
  2. William Theodore Blomberg. Married Lillian Morecraft.
  3. Harry Charles Blomberg. Married Florence.
  4. Eleanor “Ella” Anna Blomberg. Married Robert LeBlond.
  5. Cordelia Marie “Cora” Blomberg. Married Ernest Roden.

Occupation

William was a fresco painter who painted murals in churches. He also painted landscapes and seascapes on canvas. He worked with his father-in-law, Ulrich Christian Tandrop, to decorate church interiors.

1874-02-12 The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio) Thu Feb 12, 1874 p3

1874-02-12 The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio) Thu Feb 12, 1874 p3

William traveled to other states to paint churches. Here he is in Wheeling, West Virginia.

1878-06-20 The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV) Thu p4

1878-06-20 The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV) Thu p4

By 1880 he was apparently in business with someone named “Tschudi”, as referenced in this newspaper.

1880-12-02 The Parsons Weekly (Parsons, Kansas) Sun Thu Dec 2 1880 p5, Tschudi and Blomberg Fresco Painters

1880-12-02 The Parsons Weekly (Parsons, Kansas) Sun Thu Dec 2 1880 p5, Tschudi and Blomberg Fresco Painters

Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg Gallery of Paintings

Many of these works are still in the family.


I also found a Blomberg work catalogued by the Smithsonian called Urn with Flowers, dated 1877, oil on canvas, 21″ x 17″. The owner’s name is restricted. If you are the owner, please send me a photo of your painting to add to William’s gallery!

Death

Wilhelm died on August 21, 1909 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 80.

1909-08-23 The Cincinnati Inquirer p7, Death Notice, William T. Blomberg

1909-08-23 The Cincinnati Inquirer p7, Death Notice, William T. Blomberg

Additional Documentation

1891-04-29 William Blomberg - Passport Application

1891-04-29 William Blomberg – Passport Application

1891 William Blomberg Passenger List

1891 William Blomberg Passenger List

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