- Erik Mortensen
(b Birkerød, N. Zealand, June 24, 1801; d Copenhagen, Sept 24, 1890).
Danish painter. His father, Jørgen Sonne (1771–1833), a map engraver and book illustrator, originally intended that Sonne should have a military career. However, after a brief period at the military academy Sonne enrolled at the Kunstakademi in Copenhagen. He became a private pupil of Christian David Gebauer (1777–1831), a painter of animals and battle scenes. In the life class he was taught by Johan Ludvig Lund (1777–1867), who had been influenced by the German Nazarenes. He was awarded a grant to continue his studies abroad, and in January 1829 he was admitted to the academy in Munich, where he was influenced by the battle and genre painter Peter von Hess (1792–1871). From November 1831 until late 1840 or early 1841 he was in Rome, featuring in Constantin Hansen’s A Group of Danish Artists in Rome (Copenhagen, Stat. Mus. Kst), painted in 1837...