Large clear Astrakhan

Large clear Astrakhan

Henriette Sjöberg was a painter, graphic artist, and a drawing instructor. Henriette Sjöberg was born in Linköping in 1842. She grew up in Stockholm. When she was 17 years old she enrolled at Slöjdskolan (the school of traditional handicrafts), which had just opened to female students the previous year. She spent about ten years there… Continue reading Large clear Astrakhan

Woman in a train window

Woman in a train window

Anna Nordgren was an artist who was active around the turn of the century 1900. She lived in England for many years, becoming recognised there for her painting that depicted with great realism the poor and vulnerable and their everyday lives. Anna Nordgren was born on 13 May 1847 in Mariestad. She came from a… Continue reading Woman in a train window

The art of loving

The art of loving

Harriet Löwenhjelm was an artist and a lyricist. She gained posthumous fame with a poem which was perceived to be modern, original and stylistically innovative. Harriet Löwenhjelm was born in 1887 in Helsingborg. Her father was Colonel Gustaf Adolf Löwenhjelm. However, it was her mother, Maggie Löwenhjelm, who was the dominant figure in the family.… Continue reading The art of loving

Self portrait

Self portrait

Rosalie Sjöman was one of the many prominent female photographers active during photography’s infancy from the 1840s right up to 1900. Rosalie Sjöman was born in Kalmar in 1833. Her father was the captain of a merchant vessel who was employed by Handelsflottan (the merchant navy). Rosalie married Sven Sjöman, also a merchant navy captain,… Continue reading Self portrait

Old man with a beard

Old man with a beard

Adelaïde Leuhusen was a successful singer and singing instructor, an artist, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Adelaïde Leuhusen was born in Stockholm on 1 December 1828. She was the second daughter of Kristina Aurora Ingell and Johan David Valerius. The family already comprised her sister Bertha Valerius who was four… Continue reading Old man with a beard

Old man with big white beard

Old man with big white beard

Kerstin Cardon was an artist and a portrait-painter as well as a drawing- and painting-instructor. She influenced the artistry of several prominent female artists, including Anna Nordlander and Hilma af Klint. Kerstin Cardon, known to her friends as Kitty, was born in Stockholm on 17 August 1843. She came from an artistic home. Her parents… Continue reading Old man with big white beard

Children in Cannes

Children in Cannes

Anna Hierta-Retzius was one of the leading philanthropists of the 1800s and also a pioneer of the women’s movement. Anna Hierta-Retzius grew up in Stockholm, the city she lived in throughout her life. Her father was the well-known liberal, politician, businessman, and publicist Lars Johan Hierta, who founded Aftonbladet, amongst other things. Her mother, who… Continue reading Children in Cannes

Lace

Lace

Selma Giöbel was one of the foremost designers in woodwork and textile arts during the late 1800s. She achieved great success with her works. She was also active in the women’s movement. Selma Giöbel came from a family with a background in crafts. During the early 1700s, her paternal grandfather’s father arrived in Limmared in… Continue reading Lace