05/10/2022

1866, Stockholm SE – Scandinavian Industrial Exhibition

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1866 Stockholm

Name:Scandinavian Industrial Exhibition
Dates:15 Jun – 14 Oct 1866
Days:151 days
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Theme:
Exhibitors:Organised according to nation – 3,800?
Awards:
Visitors:91,045
Legacy:

This was the first international Art and Industrial Exposition using the European approach in Sweden. Exhibitors attended from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. The first major show in Sweden had been the 1823 Industrial Exhibition.

The exposition took place in the Industrial Hall at Kungsträdgården and at the Nationalmuseum on Blasieholmen in Stockholm. The Industrial Hall had a glass roof, the building filled the entire lower Kungsträdgården. The organisers used calculators to keep track of their visitors (totals not to hand). The core of the fine art on display came from the Nationalmuseum, some 674 artworks were borrowed for the show, but 224 artists also participated (99 Swedes, 54 Danes, 18 Finns and 53 Norwegians).

1866 interior views

Eurenius & Qvist, which was one of the first photography businesses in Sweden, it took fifty-two pictures in the exhibition.

Johan Peter Molin’s fountain in Kungsträdgården became a central feature. The fountain was first fabricated in plaster, it became so popular that there was a nationwide fund-raising to cast it in bronze, this was unveiled in 1873. Molin also created the famous Charles XII Statue nearby, erected two years after the exhibition.

1866 Stockholm internal views – both feature the Molins fountain as the central feature

One notable exhibitor was the Grundbergs shower apparatus, equipped with a handy suction and pressure pump

1866 Stockholm Exhibition Medal with Oscar 1, King of Sweden and Norway

Mr. Grundbergs’s shower apparatus were presented. The shower was equipped with a handy suction and pressure pump. From the exhibition 1866 the Swedes still have the National Museum.

During the exhibition, also on show, was a male whale from the Zoological Department of the Gothenburg Museum. A handbook on the whale was on sale at the exhibition, it was written by A W Malm, the curator at the museum. This guide suggested that that it was a new whale variety, Malm even named it after his wife as Balaenoptera carolinae, However, it turned out to be a young blue whale.

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