Pipe bowl

Pipe bowl

Sophia Isberg, also known as Maid Isberg, was an artist who worked in wood. The type of carved work she produced included pipe bowls, boxes, and urns decorated with human figures. Helena Sophia Isberg was born in Säby, Småland in 1819. Her father, Johan Isberg, had initially been a parish tailor but later changed his… Continue reading Pipe bowl

The dragon pattern

The dragon pattern

Signe Sohlman was a much-loved textile artist, illustrator and painter. Signe Sohlman was born in 1854. She was the second child born into a large family in Stockholm. Her mother was Hulda Maria Sohlman af Sandeberg who hailed from Ösmo. Her father, Per August Ferdinand Sohlman, was nine years older than her mother and had… Continue reading The dragon pattern

At the cradle

At the cradle

Anna Nordlander was an artist. She painted portraits, depictions of nature and folklife scenes and transformed how the Sami were portrayed in illustrations. Anna Nordlander was born in 1843. She was the youngest of six children of Nils Nordlander, a parson, and his wife Anna Maria Gestrin, who was herself a cleric’s daughter. Anna Nordlander… Continue reading At the cradle

Oranges and roses

Oranges and roses

Augusta Plagemann was an artist and a teacher in the nineteenth century. Augusta Plagemann was born in 1799 and grew up in a bourgeois family in Stockholm. Her father, Johan Joachim Fredrik Plagemann, was headmaster at the German school and had a son, Carl Johan Fredrik “Fritz” Plagemann, from his first marriage to Margareta Dorothea… Continue reading Oranges and roses

Selfie

Selfie

Amanda Sidwall was a prominent colourist and portrait painter who was active during the second half of the 1800s. Amanda Sidwall, a tanner’s daughter, was born in Stockholm in 1844. She began her artistic training at the Slöjdföreningen (traditional handicrafts society) school in 1860. When Konstakademien (the academy of art) began to accept female students… Continue reading Selfie

Drawing boys

Drawing boys

Sophie Ribbing was a Swedish artist who was particularly known for her portraits. Sophie Ribbing was born at the Södraholm estate, in Adelöv parish of Jönköping county, in 1835. She was the fourth of seven children. The Ribbing family was old nobility and her paternal grandfather was the holder of the Ribbing family’s heritable property… Continue reading Drawing boys

Enlightenment and diligence

Enlightenment and diligence

Lea Ahlborn was a medal engraver and the first woman to be appointed to a civil service job in Sweden. Lea Ahlborn’s father was Ludvig Lundgren, an engraver for the mint. Her mother was an artist. During her childhood Lea Ahlborn displayed a serious interest in art and received instruction from her parents. In 1849… Continue reading Enlightenment and diligence

Canal view from Venice

Canal view from Venice

Agnes Börjesson was a genre painter and a member of Konstakademien (Swedish Academy of Art). Agnes Börjesson was born in Uppsala in 1827. She was the daughter of Johan Börjesson, who was a rural dean, an author, and later a member of the Swedish Academy. Her mother was Baroness Fredrika Gustafva Fock. Agnes Börjesson studied… Continue reading Canal view from Venice