a German painter who became court painter in Denmark. Wahl was born in Chemnitz, and was trained as a painter between 1705 to 1711 with David Hoyer in Leipzig. In 1719 he settled in Hamburg, where he worked as a portrait painter of Holstein and Danish nobility. In 1722, he worked out of Hamburg for the Danish Royal Family. When Christian VI ascended the throne in 1730, Wahl moved to Copenhagen. In 1737 he took over the administration of the royal art collection. To support his extensive production of portraits he maintained a large workshop locally. Wahl died in Copenhagen in 1765.
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