Edvard Eriksen
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Edvard Eriksen
Edvard Eriksen
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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 Danish-Icelandic 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 1908-1919 and was a conservator at Thorvaldsen Museum 1930-1953.[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 2015.
  2. ^ "Edvard Eriksen". Gyldendale. Retrieved 2012.

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