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Sandhamn: portrait of an island


Sandhamn, or Sandön, is a small settlement which lies at the edge of the Stockholm archipelago approximately 50km east of Stockholm.  Among the 30.000 islands, islets and rocks, Sandhamn is the only one with sanddunes, hence the name. It is popular with pleasure boating since the late 19th century. It is known for its tavern, its clubhouse and its harbour. There are about hundred permanent residents, but in summer the number increases to 2-3000. The island is the scene for the sailing race ROUND GOTLAND RACE covering two days every year early July.

Historically it has always been the last sheltered harbour for ships on their way out to the Baltic Sea and also the first port on a voyage into Stockholm. Ships often had to anchor in the harbour for weeks waiting for calmer seas to cross to Finland or the the three Baltic states. The need for pilots to and from Stockholm arose early. During the 1600s, only the crown vessels were allowed to operate on this Sandhamn trail with the exception of vessels to and from Estonia and Livonia. Archipelago farmers on nearby Eknö were assigned to pilot them.

During the 1700s the trail opened for all ships and piloting, which had previously been a sideline for the farmers, now became the main occupation. Younger pilots moved from Eknö to Sandhamn to be closer to their service location. In 1754, five pilots were residing in Sandhamn as compared to 14 in Eknö. A hundred years later most pilots lived at Sandhamn while Eknö was almost desolate. Today pilots are no longer required to stay at Sandhamn. Instead they travel here by boat when they are on duty.

Nordic Art: my favourite paintings in Scandinavian Art Collections

Jón Stefánsson, 1881-1962, The Harbour, 1824, National gallery of Iceland
Jón Stefánsson, 1881-1962, The Harbour, 1824, National Gallery of Iceland

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Adolph Tideman & Hans Gude, Bridal Procession on the Hardanger Fjord, 1848, Nat. Gallery of Norway, Oslo

Erik Werenskiold, 1855-1938, The Funeral, 1885.
Edvard Munch, 1863-1944, Norwegian, The Sick Girl, 1896, Oil on canvas.
Edvard Munch, 1863-1944, Norwegian, The Sick Girl, 1896, Oil on canvas. (One of Munch’s earliest works).
Carl WILHELMSON, 1866-1928, On the Rocks, 1905-06, Goteborg Art Museum.
Gustaf Fjaelstad, 1868-1948, Snow, 1900, Oil on canvas, Göteborg Art Museum
Gustaf Fjaelstad, 1868-1948, Snow, 1900, Oil on canvas, Göteborg Art Museum
Peder Severin Kroyer, 1851-1909, Danish, ‘Hipp, hipp, hurrah! Artists Party’, Skagen, DK, 1888.
Albert Edelfelt, 1854-1905, Finnish, At Sea, 1883, oil.
Albert Edelfelt, 1854-1905, Finnish, At Sea, detail, 1883, oil.
Edouard Dantan, 1848-1897, Making a cast of a Living Model, 1887, oil. Göteborg Art Museum.
Alfred Wahlberg, 1834-1907, Moonlight , Fjälbacka, Gothenburg Art Museum
Alfred Wahlberg, 1834-1907, Moonlight Fjälbacka, detail, Gothenburg Art Museum
Oktober, or “The Pumpkins, 1882, Watercolour.
Carl Wilhelmsson, 1866-1928, Scene from the Swedish West Coast, 1898, oil on canvas, Göteborg Art Museum
Anders_Zorn, Prins_Eugen, 1910, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Carl Larsson, 1853-1919, Portrait of Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Oil on Canvas, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm.
Carl Larsson, 1853-1919, Portrait of his daughter, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Carl LARSSON, Potret van Oscar Levertin, 1906, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Carl LARSSON, Portrait of Ernest Thiel, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Prins Eugen, 1865-1947, Monet (The Cloud), 1895, Oil on Canvas, Göteborg Art Museum.
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Bertha Wegmann, Danish, 1846-1926, Portrait of Joanna Bauck, 1881, National Museum Stockholm.

Carl Wilhelmson, 1866-1928, Swedish, Girl in Blue.

Bertha Wegmann, Danish, 1846-1926, Portrait of Joanna Bauck, 1881, detail, National Museum Stockholm.
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Edvard Munch, A Family, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Constance Marie Charpentier (1767-1849), Melancholy, 1801
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Peter Balke, The Boat and Tromsö
Carl Larsson, Flowers on the windowsill, Statens Museum Copenhagen
Anna Boberg, 1864-1935, Northern lights
Prins Eugen, Fresco in Stockholm City Hall.
Prince Eugen, Fresco in Prince’s Gallery, Stockholm City Hall.
Jens Ferdinand Willumsen, 1863-1958, Sol över Söderns Berg, 1902
Harald Sohlberg, 1869-1935, Oslo seen from Akershus, Private collection.
Johan Christian Dahl, 1788-1857, Stugunoset pa Filefjeld, 1851,The first great romantic painter of Norway. Founder of the ‘golden age’ of Norwegian painting.
Harald Sohlberg, 1869-1935, Vinternatt i Rondane, 1914, National Gallery, Oslo
Harald Sohlberg, 1869-1935, Vinternatt i Rondane, 1914, one of several versions painted by Sohlberg.
Anders.Zorn, 1860-1920, Swedish, Self Portrait, 1882, Watercolour, 16x24cm, National Museum Stockholm
Harald Slott-Møller, Danish, Summer Day, Skagen, 1888.
P.S.Krøyer, Summer Evening on Skagen’s Beach, 1893
Peder Severin Kroyer, Danish, Summer Evening at Skagen
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Väinö Blomstedt, Boats in the Harbour of Helsinki, Finnish, 1871-1947, Oil on Canvas

Richard Berg, 1858-1919, Nordisk Sommarkväll, 1899-1900, Oil, Göteborg Art Museum