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Fritz v Dardel
Fredrick Ludvig von Dardel — his birth certificate mentions him as Frédéric Louis and he signed and is known in Sweden as Fritz von Dardel — is a 19th Century artist. Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, on 27th March 1817 from a Swiss father and a Swedish mother, he died in Stockholm on 27th May 1901. See also the Dardel genealogy. He is the grandfather of another Swedish painter, Nils Dardel (1888-1943), who is famous in Sweden.

At the age of sixteen, he is a cadet in an artillery regiment of Sweden. He becomes a Royal Guard second lieutenant in 1837, then a lieutenant of the Swedish army in 1862. As early as 1850, he is the Military assistant to the Crown Prince Carl (the future king Charles XV, see the 1949 watercolour below). He serves as military attaché in Paris between 1858 and 1862. He becomes a member of the Swedish Academy of Arts in 1862, then its president in 1864. He is also the president of the management commitee of the National Museum between 1867 and 1892. He is a member of the jury of several art exhibitions in Europe (1867-1878) and in Philadelphia in 1876.

Fritz studied painting in Paris with Léon Cogniet and Eugène Lami. He is best known for his caricatures and watercolours, although he also did occasionnally oil paintings. As a cartoonist, he was strongly influenced by Rodolphe Töpffer of Switzerland, and he published his first drawings in the 1840s. His talent is expressed in numerous caricature albums, and — he was in the army — he depicted the uniforms of the Swedish and Norwegian armies in a high quality album published in Paris by Lemercier. In addition to his military career and to his activities in the royal court, he played a central rôle in the Swedish artistic life. His diary and memoirs were published posthumously between 1911 and 1920 and are a valuable contribution to the Swedish cultural history. See also, in a separate page, the 19th Century album published by one of Fritz's sons.


Gallery

Click on each thumbnail for a larger version and details of the picture. Many of them come from the Nordiska Museet. I have sorted them approximately by date in two groups.

Paintings and aquacolours
Famille
Dardels in Saint-Blaise
Venise
Venice
Josefinas_kroning
Queen Josephine's coronation
Drottningholm
Drottningholm
Gripsholm1
Gripsholm
Gripsholm2
Gripsholm
Maskeradbal
Bal masqué
Tapto
Curfew
Tapto
Halling dansen
Krutfoerraad
Powder storage
Stockholm
Stockholm in winter
Kronprinsen_Carl
Carl, the Crown Prince
Vevbåten
Vevbåten
Ponton
Pontoon and ships
Kornhamnstorg
The corn harbour market
Vestergoethland
Västergötland
Napoléon
Napoléon III and Eugénie
Charles XV
Queen Louise
Maskeradbal
Bal masqué
Tre männ
Three men in a boat
Napoleon III
Napoléon III
Skeppsbron
Skeppsbronn
Auberge 2
The inn of Halland
Bekanta
Acquaintances
Chinois
Art connoisseurs
Troili
Painter Troili
H. Bråakenhielm
Hedvig Bråkenhielm
Femmes1560
Toxon
Skaerfva
Skärfva
Ulriksdal
Ulriksdal
Weimar
House in Weimar
Paysage
Landscape and riders
Bellaggio
Bellaggio
Anémones blanches
White anemones
Bellmansfest
Bellmansfest
Lantbruksmoete
Farmer meeting
Lourdes
Lourdes
Burgos
The cathedral in Burgos
Désert
Algeria
El_Kantara
El Kantara
Tlemcen
Tlemcen
Tlemcen
Tlemcen
Istanbul
The Galata bridge in Istanbul
Sandemar
Sandemar
Montebello
Montebello
Foin
Carrying hay to the barn
Tente
Manor, tent and carriage
Vaxholm
Vaxholm

FvD1837
Self-portrait 1837
St-Blaise
Saint-Blaise
Rome
Roman scene
Comte Revertera
Count Revertera
Femme 1843
Roman lady
Costume
Costume
Augusta
Augusta
Toilette
The dress
Femmes1560
Ladies of 1560
Femmes1560
Officer 1600
Charles XV
Charles XV
Bildt
Bildt
Comte Hamilton
Count Hamilton
Plessen
W. von Plessen
A Blanche
August Blanche
Antiquaire
The antiques handler
Aachen
Aachen
Femme 1880
Montebello
Tente
Porch of a church
Paysage
In a park
Interior
Historic interior
Tlemcen
Tlemcen
Bou-Médine
Bou Médine
Constantinople
Istanbul
Drawings
Premiere_danse
The first dance
Mariee
The bride of the North
Stromparterren
Stockholm Strömparterren
Augusta
Augusta de Dardel
Liszt
Liszt
Hunting land
Arrival in hunting land
Apparition
Wolf hunting
Rameuses
Women armed with oars
Koberg
Koberg
Stekdansen
Arrival to Scania
Stavanger
Entente cordiale
Auberge 1
Inn of Halland
Au vert
Countryside
Ursviken
Ursviken farm
Bibliotek
Biblioteksinteriör
Kungsträdgården
Kungsträdgården
Promenad
Needlework
Oskar-II
King Oskar II
Contraste
Contrast (text)
Cotillon
Cotillon
Stekdansen
Stekdansen
Cartoons
I put the following pictures in the "cartoons" category, but they could also have been in the "drawings" category, and vice-versa.
Carriole
Carriage
People
Bal masqué
General_Masquerad
General Masquerade
O Björnstjerna
Oscar Björnstjerna
3 cavaliers
Three horsemen
Apparition
An apparition
Lille_Fritz
Little Fritz
Agitation
Turmoil
Citoyen
Citizen ?
Théâtre
Theatre
Fredrik VII
Fredrik VII
Smaken
Champagne
Bal
Arrivée au bal
Soldater
The soldiers
Carl-Johan
Cavalier suédois
Artillerioffiser
Officier d'artillerie
Trip to Norway, 1856
Kronprins Carl, sønn av Oscar I, var utnevnt til visekonge over Norge i årene 1856–1857. Under hans første opphold i Norge, som varte fra mai til oktober 1856, var Fritz von Dardel med til Norge som visekongens adjutant. Dardel (1817–1901) vokste opp i Sveits. Han var utdannet offiser, men var også en habil kunstner. Under oppholdet i Norge i 1856 skrev han dagbok. Den er skrevet på fransk, Dardels morsmål, og har en rekke illustrasjoner.

Manuskriptet ble innkjøpt til Nasjonalbiblioteket Oslo i desember 1999.

I dagboka kan vi følge visekongen på hans rundreise i Norge sommeren 1856. Turen gikk fra Christiania 14. juli med dampskipet Vidar. Visekongen fikk overalt en hjertelig mottakelse, det ble arrangert banketter og festmiddager, og folk møtte opp med hurrarop og jubel når den populære kronprinsen dukket opp.

Sent på aftenen den 20. juli kom følget til Bergen. Havnen var full av mennesker da Vidar la til kai med sitt kongelige følge. Dardel beskriver Bergen som en hollandsk by omkranset av sveitsiske fjell. Den var etter Dardels mening langt mer interessant enn Christiania. I Bergen ble det arrangert middager, ball og teaterforestilling til ære for selskapet, men Dardel og visekongen sørget også for å få med seg livet på fiskebryggen. Fiskerne sto i båtene sine og tilbød fisk til kundene som sto på brygga. Alle skrek i munnen på hverandre, det var et spetakkel uten like. Folk oppfører seg på sydlandsk vis, skriver Dardel. Det hele minnet ham om kaia i Napoli.

The above text is in Norwegian

Norge
Two pages of the manuscript
Norge
Crown Prince Carl
Norge
Ball in Christiansand
Norge
Departure from Christiansand
Norge
Stavanger
Norge
Costume of Rosendal
Norge
Fishing boat
Norge
The church of Lom
Norge
Departure from Gardmo
Norge
Veblungsnæset
Norge
The postilion
Norge
Music
Album 1836-1860
Scenes of social and military life in the middle of the 19th Century

Published in 1915 after Fritz's death by his son Nils, this album of thirty images illustrates the social and military life in the Swedish high society.

Album11 Album38 Album30
Series
Bomarsund, 1853

Six images from "Åland. Familien Tutings lustresa till Bomarsund." (Pleasure trip of family Tuting to Bomarsund in the Åland islands) 1853

The Battle of Bomarsund was fought by an Anglo-French task force against Russian defenses during the Crimean War. After a week of fighting, the British stormed and destroyed the fort.

Famille
Bomarsund (Åland)
Stockholm
Bomarsund (Åland)
Stockholm
Bomarsund (Åland)
Famille
Bomarsund (Åland)
Stockholm
Bomarsund (Åland)
Stockholm
Bomarsund (Åland)

Marionneter
Puppet show
Marionneter
Puppet show
Marionneter
Puppet show
Marionneter
Puppet show

Lune_de_miel1
Voyage de noces
Lune_de_miel3
Honeymoon
Lune_de_miel
Honeymoon
Lune_de_miel
Honeymoon
Swedish and Norwegian uniforms
Uniforms

Three images from "Svenska och Norska Arméerna samt flottorna i deras nuvarande uniformering", a collection of 36 lithographs published by Lemercier in Paris in 1861-1863

Grenadiers
Grenadiers
Hussards
Charles XV
Chasseurs
Chasseurs
Anna Maria Lenngren
A. M. Lenngren

Six illustrations dated 1884 on poems in Swedish by Anna Maria Lenngren (1754–1817)

The six texts are presented in a separate page. They have been rewritten in modern Swedish.


Betti
Betti (text)
Pappa
Pappa (text)
Paret
Couple (text)
Kontrasten
Bal costumé (text)
SPorträtterna
Portraits (text)
Tiggarflickan
Beggar girl (text)
Montebello
The villa

Fritz von Dardel was living in Stockholm, but in summer he was mainly in his estate of Montebello at Vaxholm, a short distance from Stockholm.

The villa had a somewhat crazy architecture, typical of the 19th Century.

See Montebello's description by Angela Rundquist.

The villa was built in 1965 by William Lindberg, and destroyed in 1917.

Montebello
Montebello
Montebello
Under the oak
Montebello
Reading
Montebello
Photo by Fritz von Dardel
Montebello
Contemporary photo
Montebello
Photo by Fritz von Dardel
Blason Suède

During the life of Fritz von Dardel, the following kings reigned in Sweden:

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If any family member has other works of Fritz von Dardel, I would be glad to receive a reproduction; and if you discover an error in this page, send a message to:

The music you are hearing if you have clicked on the small icon at the top of this page is impromptu N° 2 for piano op. 142 by Franz Schubert.

This page was created by François de Dardel.

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