Lorentz Severin Skougaard

The memorial Brotherly Love in Langesund graveyard. Photo: Wikimedia commons/Orf3us
The memorial Brotherly Love in Langesund graveyard. Photo: Wikimedia commons/Orf3us

In the graveyard in Langesund there is a beautiful memorial dedicated to Lorentz Severin Skougaard (1837-1885). He came from the ship owning family Skougaard in Langesund, and trained as an opera singer in Paris and Italy. His stage name was Skougaard-Severini.

The memorial in the Langesund graveyard, which bears the name Brotherly Love, was created by the American sculptor George Gray Barnad, comissioned by the American sewing machine magnate Alfred Corning Clark (1844-1896). The memorial was made to honour Lorentz Severin Skougaard and the 19 year relationship between the Skougaard and Clark. Clark was a wealthy family man in the US, but also lived a far more gay oriented life, particularly during his travels through Europe. Clark and Skougard travelled together and partially lived together throughout those 19 years. Clark also developed a close relationship to the Skougaard family and Langesund, and financed several projects for the city. The Skougaard family named Langesund city's retirement home Clarks Minde in his honor. 




 

 

Sources:

Weber, Nicholas Fox. 2008. The Clarks of Cooperstown. Their Singer Sewing machine Fortune, their Great and Influential Art Collections, Their Forty-year Feud. New York: Alfred A. Knoph.