Fryderyk Skarbek

Fryderyk Skarbek


Fryderyk Florian Skarbek (1792–1866), Fryderyk’s godfather

Seweryn Oleszczyński, after a drawing from nature by Adolf Jebens, lithograph, 19th c., 290 x 245.

Collection: Biblioteka Narodowa, Warsaw [I.19164].

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Fryderyk Florian Skarbek - an economist, historian, publicist, novelist, diarist, social activist and amateur artist. Count Fryderyk Skarbek’s multifaceted scholarly and social activities brought him European renown. Until 1811, he studied political economics at the Collège de France in Paris, later (1818–1831) lecturing in this subject at the Royal University of Warsaw. From his youth, he was an amateur landscape artist (Brzoza i młyn wodny w Żelazowej Woli [Birch and watermill in Żelazowa Wola], 1823, oil, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie), showing his oil paintings in art exhibitions in Warsaw. Skarbek maintained close contacts with the Chopin family and took an interest in the development of Fryderyk Chopin’s musical talent.