View of the Iron-making estate at Leufstabruk


Ore from the nearby Dannemore mines in Uppsala County, Sweden, was primarily forged at ironworks in Lövstabruk. Originally rendered ’Leufstabruk’, the forge was 18th century-Sweden’s largest iron producer and its Oregrounds iron was considered to be the best grade available in England. As this painting by Elias Martin (1739–1818) shows, the forge was set within the tranquil and elegant surroundings of a country estate. A flattering representation, Martin’s view omits any trace of industrial emission or toil.

Full title:
View of the Iron-making Estate at Leufstabruk
Oil on canvas
Elias Martin
© Private collection
Held by
Private collection

Related articles

Topography, iron-making and national identity in the 18th century – A British–Swedish comparison

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.