Nicolas-Henri Jardin, Bernstorff Palace in Denmark
The palace was designed by the French architect Nicolas-Henri Jardin who had been brought to Denmark to complete Frederick's Church in Copenhagen after the death of Nicolai Eigtved in 1754. It is one of the earliest examples of Neoclassical architecture in Denmark.
French neoclassical architect Nicolas-Henri Jardin was born in 1720 in St. Germain des Noyers, France. He started his study at the French Academy of Art in 1738 or earlier under A.C. Mollet. Talented as he was, Jardin won the Prix de Rome at the age of 22, for his design of a choir or chancel (apse) in a cathedral. Jardin traveled to Italy in 1744 where he studied at the French Academy in Rome between 1744 and 1748. In 1756 Jardin and his younger brother Louis Henri Jardin replaced Nicolai Eigtved, after his death in 1754, as architect for the Frederikskirke, now known as The Marble Church which was completed 145 years later in 1894. In 1794 Jardin returned from Denmark to his home town Germain des Noyers in France, where he died in 1799.