Count Eric Danlberg - 1859 - The Manor of Baron Erici Flemming

Catalog Number 52292
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Artist Biography:

Count Erik Jonsson, Dahlberg, [1625-1703] was born of peasant stock in Stockholm, Sweden, but rose to the level of titled nobility due to his military abilities. His early studies involved the science of fortification and as an engineer officer. Orphaned at an early age, Erik's studies qualified him as a scribe and in 1641 he found employment with Gert Rehnskiöld, the senior accountant for Pommern Mecklenburg. During his six years he was taught the fundamentals in draughts man ship and stood out for his ability to draw. While learning these skills, he also intensely studied mathematics, architecture, perspective and map drawing. He is the most renowned architectural and topographical documentation of Sweden during the age of imperial greatness. Dahlberg was an accomplished civil servant and draftsman. Aided by assistants under his aegis, he drafted a large number of sketches and drawings depicting settlements, manors, and fortifications, with the expressed purpose of enhancing the glory of Sweden in its efforts to be recognized as a European power. The drawings were later engraved by a number of leading contemporary European engravers. The first edition of this monumental work, with some 400 copperplate egravings and etchings, appeared only after Dahlberg´s death. In modern times, Erik Dahlbergh was best known for compiling the impressive collection of drawings called "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna" or Ancient and Modern Sweden, published 1660-1716.


1859, Stockholm


Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna, or Ancient and Modern Sweden, is the title of a large work of engravings, collected by Erik Dahlbergh in the middle of the 17th century. The Suecia can be described as a grand vision of Sweden during its period as a great power, and Dahlberg's direct source of inspiration were the topographical publications issued by the Swiss publisher Matthaus Merian Dahlberg was granted a royal privilege enabling him to realize his plans, which kept him occupied for a good decade, and a work that would not be printed until after his death. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised of three volumes with a total of 353 plates.



Plate No.:



The Manor of Baron Erici Flemming

Print Method:

Copper Engraving on fine watermarked laid paper


Overall Excellent

Size of Print:

33.0 x 41.0 approximately (13 x 16 in.)

Size of Leaf:

33 x 40.5 cm. approximately (13 x 16 in.)


Benezit, E. Dictionaire Des Peintres Sculpteurs et Graves Vol. 3 p. 323; Berlin Cat. 2256, Riba Early Printed Books, p 772; The Mark J. Millard Achitectual Collection ,Northern European Book, Sixteenth to Early Nineteenth Century Books pp.103-104

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