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August Vilhelm Saabye (7 August 1823 - 12 November 1916), also known as August Wilhelm Saabye, was a Danish sculptor.
Early life and education
Saabye was born in Skivholme, Skivholme parish [da], Aarhus, the son of vicar Erhard Saabye (1778-1851) and Susanna Schmidt (1785-1856).
He competed as an individual for the Neuhausen Prize in 1854 and although he did not win, his work was praised so that he obtained the support of Herman Wilhelm Bissen and his father's permission to take up sculpture. He studied at the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts and then worked in Bissen's studio, learning the neoclassical tradition of Bertel Thorvaldsen. He initially undertook art and design work, then produced small bronzes, reliefs and portrait busts, with elaborate detail and embossing.
Saabye married Anna Pauline Hansen (1822-1867) on 26 October 1858 in Rome. They had one son, engineer and entrepreneur Johannes Saabye (1860-1946). After his wife's death in Copenhagen, he married Hanne Louise Augusta Baroness Haxthausen (1831-1911) on 29 September 1869, also in Copenhagen.
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August Saabye in Art Index Denmark. Navigation in English, many details in Danish. The site is the central register of artworks and artists in the collections of Danish state-owned and state-subsidised museums and also links to Munk 1994.