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Carl Wilhelm von Heideck

Carl Wilhelm von Heideck - Palicars in front of the Tempel at Corinth

Carl Wilhelm von[1] Heideck (born in Sarralbe, Moselle, on 6 December 1788 – died in Munich on 21 February 1861) was a military officer, a philhellene and a Bavarian painter.


Von Heideck studied art in Zürich. In 1801, he entered the military academy in Munich. Since 1805 he was in the Bavarian army, he took part to the campaigns in Austria, Prussia and Tyrol, then in Spain after 1810.

In 1814, with the rank of Major, he accompanied the crown prince and future Ludwig I of Bavaria to the Congress of Vienna.

In 1826, he went to help the Greeks fight for their independence against the Ottoman Empire, during the Greek War of Independence. In 1827, he took part under the orders of Thomas Gordon to the attempt to help the Acropolis of Athens. In 1828, Ioannis Kapodistrias named him commander of Nafplion and a few month later military governor of Argos. In 1830, he went back then to Munich and got back his rank of colonel of the Bavarian army. He started again to paint.

In 1832, when Otto the second son of Ludwig I of Bavaria was designated to become king of Greece, Heideck was nominated to the regency council. It is traced, that he lived at Kasern Straße 12 (today Leonrodstraße[2]) in Munich around 1850.[3] The Heideckstraße in the quarter Neuhausen of Munich is named in honor of him.[4]

References and notes

  1. In German personal names, von is a preposition which approximately means of or from and usually denotes some sort of nobility. While von (always lower case) is part of the family name or territorial designation, not a first or middle name, if the noble is referred to by surname alone in English, use Schiller or Clausewitz or Goethe, not von Schiller, etc.
  2. Leonrodstraße, City of Munich.
  3. Paul Maucher: Alphabetic register of house owners 1849-1851, p. 21.
  4. Die Königlich-Bayerische Armee im westlichen Straßenbild (German), Taxi-Kurier, April 2007, p. 37

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