(b Copenhagen, 26 May 1810; d Copenhagen, 7 Feb., 1848).
Danish painter, a pupil of Eckersberg. Although he visited Italy in 1838–40, this had little influence on his work, which was rooted in his native land. He concentrated on everyday scenes in and around Copenhagen and on portraits of family and friends, displaying great sensitivity in his treatment of colour and light and a warm intimacy of characterization. Købke was little appreciated in his lifetime, but he began to win recognition at the end of the 19th century and is now considered the outstanding Danish painter of his period.