Edvard Eriksen

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Edvard Eriksen
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Born (1876-03-10)10 March 1876
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 12 January 1959(1959-01-12) (aged 82)
Resting place Vestre Cemetery, Copenhagen
55°39′28″N 12°31′45″E / 55.65778°N 12.52917°E / 55.65778; 12.52917
Notable work The Little Mermaid statue, Langelinie, Copenhagen

Edvard Eriksen (10 March 1876 – 12 January 1959) was a DanishIcelandic sculptor. He is best known as the creator of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen 1909–13.


He apprenticed as a wood carver, after which he trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts between 1894 and 1899. After marrying Eline Vilhelmine Møller in 1900, they had five children.[1]

Among his other works are the allegorical statues "Grief, Memory and Love" made in 1908 in marble for the sarcophagus of Christian IX and Queen Louise in Roskilde Cathedral.[1] Edvard Eriksen taught at the Royal Academy between 1908–19 and was a conservator at Thorvaldsen Museum 1930–53.[2]

He travelled around Italy with his family learning to carve in marble[1] and was made an honorary professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara[1] and was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1932.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Edvard Eriksen 1876–1959". Billedhuggeren Edvard Eriksens Arvinger I/S. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Edvard Eriksen". Gyldendale. Retrieved 12 December 2012.

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