|Was||Painter Illustrator Artist Graphic artist|
|Birth||5 March 1861, Thisted, Denmark|
|Death||27 July 1926, Ærøskøbing, Denmark (aged 65 years)|
Peter Tom-Petersen (5 March 1861, Thisted – 27 July 1926, Ærøskøbing) was a Danish painter and graphic artist, known primarily for cityscapes, interiors and other architectural paintings. His name was Peter Thomsen Petersen until 1920, when he had it legally changed to match his signature: "Tom P.".
His father was a pharmacist. He attended grammar school in Maribo until 1876. The following year, he was enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, which he attended until 1881. His principle Professor there was C.V. Nielsen, who was primarily an architect and no doubt influenced his later choice of subject matter. After that, he studied at the Kunstnernes Frie Studieskoler and, from 1883 to 1884, worked with Léon Bonnat in Paris.
In 1889, he was awarded Honorable Mention at the Exposition Universelle. In 1891, he was married and, in 1892, received a travel stipend from the Academy, which allowed him to spend a year in Italy.
In 1900, already known for his landscapes and cityscapes, he decided to devote himself to creating illustrations; eventually producing more than 300 for magazines in Denmark and Germany; notably the Illustreret Tidende. He began with old buildings and picturesque idylls, followed by colorful cities in Germany (such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber), Danish market towns and old neighborhoods in Copenhagen. They proved to be very popular and many are now of significant historical value.
In addition to his work for magazines, he illustrated Danish Folk Tales by Svend Grundtvig, The Fidget by Ludvig Holberg, Denmark in descriptions and photos of Danish Writers and Artists by Martinus Galschiøt and The Story of a Bad Boy by the American writer, Thomas Bailey Aldrich.
In 1909, he was one of the co-founders of the "Graphic Artists' Society" and served on its governing board until 1911. In 1910, he was one of the organizers of the Faaborg Museumand sat on its board until his death. From 1910 to 1915, he was also a member of the "Censorship Commission" for the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition. In 1914, he was on the jury at the Baltic Exhibition.
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Street Scene in Elsinore