Among the travellers was the German painter Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher, whose unusual third Christian name was a tribute to the fact that he was born in Athens as the son of a naval officer. Wanderlust was in his blood and from the 1870s onwards he often travelled to Norway, where he found many of the motifs for his landscapes.
His journeys with the Oihonna inspired him to paint Im ewigen Eise (In the Eternal Ice), a 15 x 22in (39 x 55cm) canvas, which is coming up for sale at Siebers in Stuttgart from March 23-25.
It is one of several variations of the same theme that Eckenbrecher painted around this time, depicting the hardy passengers on the ice; to the right a photographer is preserving the scene for posterity. The inscription on the right provides not only the title and the date, 17.8.1905, but also precisely where it was painted, namely 80.5 degrees north.
The starting price in Stuttgart is €9000.