Defence of Nauvoo in September 1846 by CCA Christensen


Carl Christian Anton Christensen was born in Denmark in 1832. A convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an early immigrant to Salt Lake City, his interest in Mormon pioneer history and The Church's religious themes dominates his paintings. He died in 1912 in Ephraim, Utah. 

Christensen studied painting and toy making at the Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Monumental narrative scenes are his best-known works. His paintings of scenes from daily life reflect a narrative skill that defines him as a visual historian of the Mormon pioneer experience. 

Christensen's greatest achievement came after his arrival in Utah when he completed Mormon Panorama, a 22-scene narrative that tells the migration story of an early leader of The Church, Joseph Smith, to Utah. The panels depict his journey: from his vision in Palmyra to the Mormon pioneers' arrival in the Great Salt Lake Valley. This panorama was primarily exhibited in communities where members of The Church lived. Christensen also painted scenes for the Salt Lake Theater and murals for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temples in St. George, Manti, and Logan, Utah.

This painting was made as part of his mural project.

14 ½ x 21 ½ in.