Norge fremstillet i Tegninger
The editor, Nils Christian Tønsberg
(1813-1897), was born in Bergen, but lived in Christiania (Oslo) his adult
He ran an auction house in Christiania
from 1844, and became a publisher as well, the same year. He concentrated
originally on judicial literature, but expanded shortly thereafter to novels
(Henrik Wergeland among others).
Tønsberg became strongly influenced
by the National Romantic period and was eager to establish a co-operation
between the different art forms. He gathered and published the material
in Norge fremstillet i Tegninger (Sketches of Norway) (1846-1848,
second edition 1853-1855). The sketches were drawn by some of the most
famous of Norwegian artists. The texts accompanying the illustrations,
were written among others by P. Chr. Asbjørnsen, a famous Norwegian
writer representing the National Romantic period. Tønsberg continued
publishing similar books over the next years.
In this exhibition we are showing the illustrations
and the texts from the 1853/1855 edition of Norge fremstillet i Tegninger.
There are two entrances into the exhibition,
either by geography or by artist.
The link 'Vis fylke' lists all the Norwegian
counties represented in the book, while 'Vis maler' lists the artists and
the sketches each one of them made. To view the image, click on the title
of the sketch. Above each image, there are links to the text and also to
a short biography of the artist.
You can also browse the images by clicking
'Bla i boka' from the menu, or use the top links above the images, 'Forrige
bilde' (previous image) and 'Neste bilde' (next image).