The Swedish flag flies at left in this view of Tyresö by Elias Martin (1739–1818). Located south of Stockholm, Tyresö was an important industrial hub in the 18th century. Owed to its location on the Baltic Sea coast, hydraulic power was harnessed from its fjords and streams to establish industries such as forges, paper mills, sawmills, brickworks and gristmills. Tyresö’s church and palace, built in the 17th century by the Swedish statesman Baron Gabriel Oxenstierna (1587–1640) are pictured in the middle distance.
- Article by:
- 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.