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Samuel Jonssons Art Museum

Region: Westfjords
Coordinates: 65.771179° N 24.007519° W

The association for the renovation of Samúel Jónsson’s art museum.

Samúel was born 1884 in Arnarfjörður in the Westfjords. His parents were Jón Þorsteinsson and Guðríður Guðmundsdóttir. Samúel´s life was a hard one. He lost his father when he was 4 years old and moved to Barðarströnd with his mother. He was a child when his mother became a housekeeper for Rev. Lárus Benediktsson in Selárdal-rectory. According to Samúel, he experienced real hardship and ill treatment during his stay in the parsonage.

After Rev. Lárus´ passing, the mother and son moved to Tóft in Selárdal-valley. Samúel built a house there which he called Fossá. One can still see the remains of the house and the road leading to it. Samúel and his mother lived there for a few years before moving to Neðri-Uppsalir in Selárdal-valley. There, Samúel´s mother passed away in 1916.

After Samúel´s mother’s passing, he hired a housekeeper called Salóme Samúelsdóttir who became his wife. They lived in Krossdal in Tálknarfirði-fjord from 1927-47 where Samúel built a house and a barn. Salóme and Samúel bore 3 children who all died in childhood. They moved to Brautarholt in Selárdalur in 1947. Salóme passed away shortly after that.

Selardalur in Icelandic

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