Hans Peder Pedersen-Dan

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Photograph of Pedersen-Dan by Peter Elfelt.

Hans Peder Pedersen-Dan (1859–1939) was a Danish sculptor.

Early life and education[edit]

After completing his stonemason's apprenticeship, he set out as a journeyman in 1878 to travel Europe. He lived in Rome between 1881 and 1887 where he studied at the Art Academy.[1]


Back in Denmark, Pedersen-Dans created a number of well-known sculptures. These include the Little Horn-Blower at City Hall Square in Copenhagen (bronze, 1899), the four granite elephants of the Elephant Gate at the Ny Carlsberg brewery in Valby (1901) and a statue of Ogier the Dane for the romantic gardens at Marienlyst House (bronze 1907).[1] The latter was later re-cast in artificial stone at placed in the dungeons underneath Kronborg Castle.

He also designed a monument to Danish volunteers in World War I in Rueil-Malmaison in France and the four statues of queens of the Queens Gate at the new Christiansborg Palace.

Personal life[edit]

Pedersen-Dan was married to Johanne Pedersen-Dan (1860–1934) who was an actress before she also turned to sculpturing, in 1888, training under Stephan Sinding. The couple adopted a girl, Rigmor. They lived in Hvirovre Rytterskole in Hvidovre from 1912.



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  1. ^ a b "H.P. Pedersen-Dan" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2012-05-17.