Sæmundur Hólm was the first Icelander to enter the Danish Royal Academy to study art. His name was Sæmundur Magnússon and he was born in 1749 at Hólmasel in Meðalland. When he was living in Copenhagen the Laki eruption of 1783 took place in his childhood haunts. His parents and all their neighbours suffered a lot. Sæmundur was multitalented; he was a painter, made a draw to show the Lava from Laki, wrote a book about the Laki eruption, made maps and he wrote poems.
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