Stockholm sedt från Mose-Backe på Södermalm


In this aquatint, Stockholm is seen from Mosebacke, in the north-eastern part of Södermalm. Groups of figures eat, drink and smoke under the trees on a terrace overlooking the island of Stadsholmen. The spires of Riddarholmskyrkan, Storkyrkan and Tyska kyrkan and the Royal Palace, with Kungsholmen beyond, can be seen at left, while the military facilities in the island of Skeppsholmen appear at right in the background.

After some initial artistic training at the fortress of Sveaborg in Finland, Martin spent two years in Paris, where he studied under Joseph Vernet (1714-1789). This print was produced by his brother Johan Fredrik (1755–1816) after a painting made when Elias returned to Sweden from England, where he had stayed between 1768 and 1780.

Full title:
Stockholm sedt från Mose-Backe på Södermalm. Vue de Stockholm prise de Mose-Backe au Faubourg du Sud. E. Martin pinxt J.F. Martin sc.
1805, Stockholm
Etching / Aquatint / View
Elias Martin, Johan Fredrik Martin
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Maps 35690.(15.)

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