Jonas Carl Linnerhielm (1759–1829), a nobleman, civil servant and finally State Herald, is best known for his accounts of travels around Sweden which he illustrated himself. This example, a plate first published in the 1797 edition of Bref under resor i Sverige (Letters from Recent Travels in Sweden) and published again in 1816, depicts the ruins of Alvastra monastery in Östergötland. Linnerhielm moved in the same circles as Elias and John Frederik Martin, Sweden’s foremost landscape artists and engravers, and drew influence from their important series of topographical views, Svenska Vuer (begun in 1782).
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- Mikael Ahlund
- Country, Transforming topography
Mikael Ahlund explores the role British topography played in Scandinavia, paying particular attention to two Swedish artists, brothers Elias (1739-1818) and Johan Fredrik Martin (1755-1816). Having studied and worked in London, when they returned to Sweden in 1780 the brothers emerged as the country’s leading topographical artists, their paintings and drawings addressing contemporary debates about national identity, economics, and social order.