King Christian IX of Denmark

painting by Henrik OlrikPortrait painted by the Danish painter Henrik Olrik (1830-1890) of his king, King Christian IX of Denmark (1818-1906). The King became known as “the father-in-law of Europe” after his six children married into other royal houses. Olrik also painted a portrait of the King’s daughter, Alexandra, who became the Princess of Wales. According to Wikipedia, most of the current European monarchs are descended from him.

According to Wikimedia, the photograph of this painting was taken in 1967 by Svend Thorsen and under current Danish law, it is now in the public domain since 50 years have passed since the picture was taken.

To see additional examples of Olrik’s work and to learn about his life, please visit our biography of Henrik Olrik.