Walter Runeberg 1838-1920 sculptor, one of the first professional sculptors in Finland.
Studied in Helsingfors & København, Denmark. Lived and worked in Italy, France & Finland.
Some of the public works of Runeberg are the monument of emperor Alexander II (1894) at Senatstorget (senate square) Helsingfors, sculpture of privy council of Sweden & lord high steward Per Brahe the younger (1888) in Åbo, sculpture of the Finnish national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1885) at Esplananden, Helsingfors, the worlds first female professor of matemathics Sofia Vasiljevna Kovalevskaja (née Korvin-Krukoskaja) 1850-1891 in the Runeberg house, Borgå.
Runeberg worked in the tradition of classicism.
Kaj Franck designed 1961-1962 the museum of Walter Runeberg in a storhouse-like display and carefully choosen colours in a neo-classical wooden building. Originally a private home. Assistent to Franck was Kimmo Varjonen birth unknown, textiles by Dora Jung 1906-1980 and light fixtures by Lisa Johansson-Pape 1907-1989.
Walter Runeberg was the eldest son of the first Finnish female journalist Fredrika Runeberg née Tengström 1807-1879 & the Finnish national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg 1804-1877, known for his writings on the Finnish war between Sweden and Russia when Sweden lost Finland to Russia 1809, e.g. Fänriks Ståls sägner (the tales of ensign Stål).
The Runeberg house (public museum) is at Alexandersgatan 3, Borgå.
Kaj Franck 1911-1989 (1961-1962) Walter Runebergs skulptursamling (collection of the works of Walter Runeberg) established 1921. Alexandersgatan 5, Borgå. Photo Jan Lindroth (no year).
Walter Runeberg (no year). Photo Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (Society of Swedish literature in Finland).