Drawing: Ink, Watercolor, Pencil on Paper. First draft to a larger painting, 29 x 30 cm.
The first sketch to the Painting “KING FREDERIKS CASTLE” is a creation of a specific image or series of images, forming the whole or part of a composition intended to be completed by adding pigment color (paints, colored inks, etc). This denotes a completed stand-alone autonomous work.
The statue shows Frederik VII of Denmark on horseback, wearing a long coat.
The granite plinth is decorated with bronze plaques on all sides. That on the front features a gilt oak wreath and the inscription “5/IUNI/1849” in gilt letters. The bronze plate on the left hand side features Frederik VII’s motto: “FOLKETS KIÆRLIGHED/MIN STYRKE” (The people’s love, my strength).
The inscription on the right hand side reads “FREDERIK D: SYVENDE/GRUNDLOVENS GIVER.” (Frederik the Seventh, granter of the constitution). The inscription on the rear side reads “FØDT 1808./KONGE 1848./DØD 1863.” (Born 1808, King 1848, died 1863).