Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jonas Carl Linnerhielm

View over Hallsnas mansion - Smaland
oil on canvas
49 × 69 cm
other details unknown

Jonas Carl Linnerhielm (1758-1829) was a Swedish nobleman, State Herald of Sweden, artist and writer. He is arguably most well known for his accounts of his travels within Sweden, which he illustrated himself and published in three volumes between 1797 and 1816. He has been called "the first Swedish tourist".

He studied at the University of Lund and graduated in 1776. He pursued a career as a civil servant from 1776 through 1796, and, during this time, he was taught drawing. In 1795 his wife published a short collection of poems to which he made illustrations. It has been described as one of the best examples of Swedish book art during the 18th century.

In 1794, he inherited his father's manorial estate in Smaland. In 1796, he resigned from his official duties to concentrate his efforts on the running of the estate. Between 1797 and 1809 he published three volumes of travel accounts from Sweden, illustrated by himself. These books are considered to be the first examples of purely recreational travel writing in Swedish.