Dagmar Freuchen-Gale

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Dagmar Freuchen-Gale (April 25, 1907 – March 9, 1991) was a Danish illustrator, author and editor.

Dagmar Freuchen-Gale
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Freuchen-Gale with her husband Peter Freuchen
Dagmar Cohn

(1907-06-30)June 30, 1907
DiedMarch 9, 1991(1991-03-09) (aged 83)
Known forVogue and Harpers magazine fashion illustrations
Peter Freuchen
Henry Gale

Early life and educationEdit

Freuchen-Gale was born Dagmar Cohn in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, to Hans Cohn and Betty Johanne Neustadt. Her parents were Jewish and were members of Det mosaiske trossamfunn (The Mosaic Religious Society).[1] Freuchen-Gale left Lyngby in 1938 to go to New York.


Freuchen-Gale was an artist and well known as a fashion illustrator, working for magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In April 1947, Freuchen-Gale illustrated the cover of Vogue[2] which presented new couture house Christian Dior. At the end of the 1940s Freuchen-Gale began to teach fashion illustration at the Art Students League, and continuing there for 20 years.

She edited several of her second husband's, explorer and author Peter Freuchen, books. In 1968, she wrote Cookbook of the Seven Seas, title inspired by her Freuchen's book, Book of the Seven Seas.[3][4]

Personal lifeEdit

Freuchen-Gale married three times. Her first husband, a Danish man named Muller, was killed during World War II while serving with the American army in the Pacific.

She met her second husband, Peter Freuchen, on December 24, 1944, in New York at the home of some Danish friends. They married in 1945. Freuchen was a well known Danish author and Arctic explorer. Beginning in 1945, they lived in New York City and maintained a second home in Noank, Connecticut on Chesbro Street, overlooking Long Island Sound. They appeared[5] together in a well known photo by Irving Penn showing Freuchen with a beard in a massive fur coat. Freuchen often travelled for his work during their marriage but is reported to have written home every day and sent a copy of each letter to the Danish Royal Library, to be opened 50 years after his death, in 2007. Freuchen-Gale joined her husband only once in his travels, on an expedition to Iceland, during which she served native meals including pickled whale blubber and seaweed. During their marriage, she became an expert on various cuisines from around the world. After her husband's death, Freuchen-Gale maintained the Noank home until 1963.

Freuchen-Gale's third marriage was to Henry Gale (d. 1969), an attorney from New York in 1967.[3] She returned to live in Denmark in the early 1970s.[4]


  • Peter Freuchen's Adventures in the Arctic, Julian Messner, Inc., New York, Copyright 1960. - (Editor)
  • Peter Freuchen's Book of the Eskimos, Peter Freuchen Estate. Cleveland Ohio, Copyright 1961. - (Editor)
  • Erindringer, 1963 - (Editor)
  • Cookbook of the Seven Seas, 1968 - (Author)


  1. ^ Birth records of Kongens Lyngby parish, 1907. Kontraministerialbog, 1903 F - 1912 F, page 192, line 29: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/billedviser?bsid=152898#152898,25458641
  2. ^ "From the Archives: Dior's New Look in Vogue". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  3. ^ a b "Obituaries: Dagmar Freuchen-Gale; Artist and Illustrator, 83". New York Times. 1991-03-22. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  4. ^ a b "Obituaries: Dagmar Freuchen-Gale". 110 (269). New London, CT. 1991-03-27. p. B5. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  5. ^ http://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/posts/2014/01/freuchenandgale/0c7161549.jpg

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