Sunday, 25 December 2016

Equestrian Statue Gustav II, Pierre Hubert Archeveque, Stockholm

The Equestrian Statue of Gustav II (1594 -1632).
Pierre Hubert Archeveque, (1721 - 78).

The statues and base were created by Johan Tobias Sergel (1745 - 1814)
for an interesting article on Sergel see -

Erected Gustav Adolf Square Stockholm in 1796
The Model in the National Museum Stockholm
Bronze 96 cms tall

Model for the equestrian statue of Gustav II Adolf, King of Sweden


Plaster version of the Equestrian Statue of Gustav II.

47 cms

Sold by Bukowski's Auction House, Stockholm

Literature - Johan Cederlund, "Skulptören Pierre Hubert L'Archevêque 1721-1778", compare illustration p. 103 (plaster modell at Nationalmuseum, Stockholm Sweden, no NM Sk 450). Chapter 6 discloses the creation of the statue.


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Johann Gottfried Schadow, drawing showing Sergel's project for the statues placed on the pedestal of the statue of King Gustavus Adolphus, 1791, 

pen and grey wash, 48,8 x 27,2 cm, with Schadow's own annotation. 
Berlin, Akademie der Künste, inv. no. 779. 

Here reprod. from Hans Mackowsky, Johann Gottfried Schadow: Jugend und Aufstieg 1764-1797, Berlin 1927, pl. 61 (photograph provided by Danish National Art Library).

For a really useful introduction to the sculptor Schadow including information on the three major 18th century Equestrian Statues in Scandinavia and Russia see

Patrick Kragelund, "'Man müsse keine Statue Equestre machen': Abildgaard and Schadow in Copenhagen 1791," in: RIHA Journal 0019 (21 March 2011) - available at -

Info. above reproduced from this website. 


Detail of the bronze rondels on the base of the equestrian statue of Gustav II _____________________________________

Johan Martin Preisler, Saly's equestrian statue of Frederick V at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, 1770, double folio. 
The Royal Library, Copenhagen. Müllers Pinakothek 6, 34, fol plus 

(photograph © The Royal Library, Copenhagen)

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