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Magnus Olausson

The collection of king Gustav III : architectural drawings from 17th-19th centuries

Gustav III s Collection including his own and other famous architects drawings, accompanied Gustav IV Adolf during his exile in 1809. The collection was returned to Sweden via a purchase in 1925 by the brothers Helge and Axel Ax:son Johnson and was inherited by Axel s daughter Marie-Claire. It is today stored at Engelsberg s Ironworks and is owned by the Marie-Claire Cronstedt Foundation. The drawings were made by Sweden s leading architects during the 17th- and 18th centuries and include, among others, the castles and gardens at Drottningholm, Ekolsund, Haga, Gripsholm, Karlberg, Ulriksdal, Svartsjö, Stockholm and Uppsala. Even Gustav III s own sketches are attributed. This book serves as a compendium to Gustav III His Own Architect where the drawings are reproduced in 1:1 format over three volumes.

  • ISBN: 9789189069480
  • Published: 2021-09-27
  • Graphic design: Patric Leo
  • Translator: Clare Barnes
  • Illustrated. 235x300x38 mm. 382 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.


Magnus Olausson is an associate professor at Uppsala University (where he completed a doctorate in art studies in 1993), is an art historian and has worked since 1986 at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, where he previously served as the head of the Collections Department.

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