Architecture in Sweden, a Survey of Swedish Architecture throughout the Ages and up to the Present Day

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nowadays, a Natural Science Institution. There are other memorials of his work to be seen in the city of Uppsala. In Stockholm Cronstedt began to build the Bourse.

Karl Fredrik Adelcrantz who essentially represents the more classical style of Gustav IIIrd's day was retained by the Royal House, to raise the balcony-roofed wings, and to build the theatre etc. at Drottningholm. The little Chinese pavilion in the park also reverts to the architect. Its exterior as well as its interior illustrates the fondness of the times for Chinese decoration conceived and composed in a free and gay manner. The beautiful place, which was intended for picnics and festivals, affords even today, a living idea of the life and customs of the Court, during Queen Lovisa Ulrika's and King Adolf Fredrik's happier days.


VIII.
THE DAYS OF GUSTAV III.

During the short Gustavian decades of only twenty years, the foregoing lively bourgeois art of building, manifest in houses, manorial estates and smaller manor-houses, continued to flourish. Rhen is still actively building and decorating. But a tendency towards a higher development, a livelier interest for greater, monumental enterprizes, makes itself keenly perceptible by the side thereof. The explanation lies mainly in the fact that at the head of the country's Government was seated a monarch, Lovisa Ulrika's highly talented son Gustav III who might be called "the aesthete upon the throne", and whose highest aim was to compete, if possible, with Louis XIV of France as one of the greatest patrons of art in Europe. And it is true, that through his influence, the general aesthetic standard was raised as never before. The Swedish Academy was instituted for the improvement of the Swedish language and the art of poetic composition. Poetry, histrionic art, music, the so-called Liberal Arts received encouragement for their own sakes and not, as a hundred years before to "sing the praises of the powers that be". It is, therefore, that the days of King Gustav and his poetical and artistic court have seemed to the after ages to be enshrouded, as it were, with glory and splendour.

The period thus obtains another signature than the recent past, which bore the signs of the practicable and economical and of natural science. The new epoch was in reality scarcely as gay as later eulogists would have one believe. Shadows were many and deep. The age was not so golden for

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  • Title Page 1
  • Preface. 3
  • I- Simpler Dwelling-Houses in Town and Country In Olden Times. 5
  • III- Medieval Castles. 20
  • IV- Wasa Castles. 22
  • IV- Wasa Castles. 30
  • VII- The So-Called Period of Liberty and the Reaction. 49
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 53
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 57
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 64
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 70
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 80
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 96
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 112
  • List of Illustrations 127
  • Contents 129
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