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Christensen, C. C. A. (Carl Christian Anton), 1831-1912



  • Existence: 1831 - 1912


C.C.A. Christensen (Carl Christian Anton) (1831-1912) was a Latter-day Saint painter.

C.C.A. Christensen was born on November 28, 1831, in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents Dorthea Christiane Tranum Christensen and Mads Christensen. He married Elise Rosalia Sternhjem Scheel Haarby in Liverpool, Lancashire England, United Kingdom with whom he had 7 children. They later migrated to Utah where he married Maren Frederikke "Mary" Pettersen who he also had 7 children with. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen from 1847 to 1853. He served three Scandinavian missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and taught Danish and drawing at Sanpete Stake Academy today known as Snow College. Christensen was the editor for Utah's Danish and Norwegian newspaper and later worked in the church history department. He was a well-known painter and was known most famously for his painting entitled "Mormon Panorama." He died on July 3, 1912, in Ephraim, Utah.

Familysearch, Via WWW, December 15, 2022 (Carl Christian Anton Christensen;b, Nov 28, 2022; d, Jul 3, 1912; mother Dorthea Christiane Tranum Christensen; father Mads Christensen; married Elise Rosalia Sternhjem Scheel Haarby; married Maren Frederikke "Mary" Petersen; 14 children)

Utah History Encyclopedia, Via WWW, December 15, 2022 (Christensen, Carl Christian Anton; studied at the royal academy of art in copenhagen; served 3 scandinavian missions; taught danish drawing at Snapete stake academy; Editor of the norwegian and danish newspaper; painted the mormon panorama)

Jensen, R.L. C.C.A. Christensen, 1831-1912, c1984:t.p. (C.C.A. Christensen, 1831-1912) p. 1 (Carl Christian Anton Christensen; Later-day Saint artist)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

C. C. A. Christensen autobiography and biographies

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309186]
Identifier: MSS SC 1127
Scope and Contents

Typewritten copies of biographies and clippings relating to C. C. A. Christensen (1831-1912). Also included is an autobiography of Christensen that has been translated from the original Danish. Christensen is the most noted Mormon artist who documented much of the Mormon experience through his paintings. He also painted murals to decorate Mormon meeting houses and temples.

Dates: 1900-1970

C. C. A. Christensen photographs and transparencies of paintings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 188
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs and transparencies of paintings done by C.C.A. Christensen between the 1870s and the 1900s. Also includes a copy print and corresponding negative. Includes images of Latter-day Saint pioneers.

Dates: approximately 1870-1900

Notes on the life of Carl Christian Anton Christensen, pioneer artist

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230308790]
Identifier: MSS SC 1092
Scope and Contents Typescript of a biography of C. C. A. Christensen (1831-1912) by his granddaughter Norma Taggart "with the help of her daughter, Ethel Taggart Christensen." The account uses many direct quotes from the diaries and autobiography of C. C. A. Christensen. Mr. Christensen was an artist, writer, and historian who was born and raised in Denmark and later immigrated to Utah. He served as a missionary and as a patriarch for the Mormon Church. This biography is chiefly concerned with Mr....
Dates: 1950-1975

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