Edvard Eriksen

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Edvard Eriksen
Eriksen Edvard.jpg
Born(1876-03-10)10 March 1876
Died12 January 1959(1959-01-12) (aged 82)
Resting placeVestre 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 1909–1913, and used his wife, Eline Eriksen, as the model for the statue's body, and actress Ellen Price as the model for the mermaid's head.


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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