Esbjerg 007 – Christian IX
The equestrian statue of King Christian IX, located at the Market Place (Torvet) of Esbjerg, was a gift from the citizens of Esbjerg, presented to the city in the year 1899.
The bronze statue was scultped by Ludvig Brandstrup (1861-1935) and carries an inscription:
”Til Aere for Byens Grundlaegger rejste Borgere i Esbjerg dette Mindesmaerke”
”In honour of the founder of the town citizens of Esbjerg erected this monument”
Also the Royal Danish Arms is presented in bronze on the plinth of the statue, with the added inscription:
”Med Gud for ære og ret”
”With God for honour and justice
Whilst being presented to the city in the year 1899, the statue wasn’t actually finished until 1900, as the plinth of the statue stood empty for that period, as a result of a strike.
There’s a similar statue, also sculpted by Ludvig Brandstrup, of Christian IX in the city of Slagelse.
Christian IX was the King of Denmark from 1863 through 1906 and having lost the port of Altona to the Germans during the second Schleswig war in 1864, the King signed a bill from parliament in 1868 for the establishment of a harbour in Esbjerg, thus being recognised as the founder of the city of Esbjerg.