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.
- The University of Helsinki Library have 69 lithographs from Finland Framstäldt i Teckningar
- Virtual Finland have 67 images (all in small format) and background information about the publication (there is some overlap with the University site images)
- The Influence on Finnish Literature and Culture of Zacharias Topelius
- Finland gained independence from Russia in 1918 - wikipedia.