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Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg

Born: Blakrog, Jutland, 2 January 1783
Died: Copenhagen, 22 July 1853
Nationality: Danish

son of house painter and carpenter


apprentice to painter Jes Jessen (1797-1800); apprentice to Johan Jacob Jessen (1803); studied at Copenhagen Academy (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) with Nicolai Abilgaard (1803-09); with Jacques-Louis David (1811-13, Paris)


1809 –awarded great gold medal and stipend for travel to Rome by the Academy

1813 – befriends Bertil Thorvaldsen in Rome

1817 – member of Copenhagen Academy

1818 –professor at Copenhagen Academy

-influenced Christen Købke, Constantin Hansen, Vilhelm Marstrand and Martinus Rørbye

Important Artworks: 

View over the Pont Royal from the Quai Voltaire, 1812  (National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen)

Bertil Thorvaldsen, 1814 (Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen)

The Nathanson Family, 1818 (National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen)

Long Bridge in Copenhagen with Running Figure, 1836 (National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen)