Trained at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, Weggeland left school to join European converts to the LDS Church as they travelled to the Intermountain West by wagon. He was perhaps the earliest documenters of everyday life and scenery among the early pioneers. As an artist, he painted murals for the St. George, Logan, and Manti Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a mentor, he trained the first generation of native Utah artists, including JT Harwood, John Hafen, and JB Fairbanks.
This work, “The Wagstaff Homestead,” was commissioned by one of the families that settled the area now known as Sugarhouse. The work was shown at the first major retrospective of pioneer art: 100 Year of Utah Art, sponsored by the Salt Lake Tribune and held at the Salt Lake Art Center in 1965.24 x 36 in.