The large family, including all grandchildren, spent happy summers there during three decades. After the death of Fritz in 1901, the family continued to live in Montebello until 1907. There were numerous visitors, all belonging to the aristocratic and bourgeois circles in which the Dardel family was at home in Stockholm. The dearest visitors were always Alexandre de Dardel, Fritz's brother, his wife Cécile, who came from Neuchâtel, and Fritz's sister Augusta Ramel (née de Dardel). The two brothers and their sister were pleased to remember their childhood in Switzerland. The grandchildren were a great joy for Fritz, even more when his eyesight began to decline, which is a tragic event for a painter.
Life in Montebello was no different from the city life, which means it was comfortable according to the ideas and measurements of the Swedish "haute bourgeoisie" of the late 19th Century. Several servants saved the ladies from domestic chores. Augusta von Dardel even had her own house maid.golden wedding anniversary in the summer of 1896. The entire family attended the celebration, with the exception of Carl and Ebba von Dardel and their son Carlo. The happy and worriless life in Montebello is documented by photographs taken by Fritz. There are also in the family many of his watercolours and drawings immortalising the summers of the late century in Montebello.
translated, annotated and illustrated by François de Dardel in 2014
See the page on Fritz von Dardel and his works.