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Carl Christian Anton Christensen

Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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ID 326508
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=326508

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Title Carl Christian Anton Christensen
Description CARL CHRISTIAN ANTON CHRISTENSEN Virginia K. Nielson Non Professional Third Place Biography Carl Christian Anton Christensen, known as CCA, in his adult life, was a master story-teller through art. His portrayal of Latter-day Saint history preserved the events for future generations. CCA was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 November 1831, to Mads and Dorthea Christensen. His father was an unsuccessful businessman, and as the family sank into poverty, the mother took in washings and ironings. CCA cared for his siblings, three younger brothers. His mother had received no formal education, but had an artistic talent and an optimistic spirit. She taught her children to cut designs and toys from paper, to help them become more creative. At age eleven, CCA's mother placed him in a government-sponsored orphanage, to ensure that he would be warm and receive proper food. While he lived there, he was simply designated as #59 He was taught toy-making and other skills, and proved to be an excellent student. When Christmas season approached, CCA cut out intricate, artistic paper decorations that he placed on the orphanage tree. A visitor, wealthy Widow Ane Sophie Bruun, admired the art work and had the boy duplicate the designs, to prove he was the artist. Widow Bruun realized CCA's potential and had him released from the orphanage to be apprenticed to a carpenter. She also paid to have him attend evening art classes at the Royal Academy of Art for two years. He was later apprenticed to Carl Rosen, a master painter, who gave him lessons in easel, house, and decorative painting. These skills would prove invaluable later, in rural Utah. CCA's Mother, who had been an active Baptist, was among the first of the Latter-day Saint converts. Her pleas for her son to 93
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
ID 326395
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=326395
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