Saturday, December 17, 2005

Finland 1845








Eight artists were commissioned to produce sketches of all regions of Finland with the majority of the 120 eventual illustrations coming from Johan Knutson, P.A. Kruskopf and Magnus von Wright. The artworks were sent to Dresden where lithograhers produced mainly grainy images which were accompanied by text from poet, geographer and Finnish nationalist, Zachris Topelius. He described all aspects of Finnish history, industry, geography and natural science.

Finland Framstäldt i Teckningar 'Finland in Drawings' was released (in Swedish) as pamphlets over 7 years and constitutes an early comprehensive recording of Finnish national history.
(click the captions above for large images)

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