Gothenburg: In 1793


The watercolour painting you see in the featured photo of this feature was painted by Justus Fredrik Weinberg in 1793. The watercolour by Justus Fredrik Weinberg (1770-1832) motif is from Lilla Torget in Gothenburg, and signed as J F Weinberg 1793. The painting’s well-balanced perspectives and carefully studied spots are points of interest for the city’s topography and inhabitants at that time. Lars Elofsson said Weinberg was an artist and city architect in Gothenburg and one of the architects who laid the foundation for the expansion of Gothenburg in the last decade of the eighteenth century. Lars Elofsson is a German language teacher and art collector.

Justus Fredrik Weinberg (1770-1832) was the son of Philip Berhard Weinberg the regimental field marshal and surgeon and Anna Christina Meister. Justus Frederik studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1786 and probably learned to engrave from Johan Fredrik Martin. As an architect in Gothenburg, Justus Frederik Weinberg succeeded his friend and teacher Carl Wilhelm Carlberg.

Weinberg drew drawings for several of the houses on Gothenburg’s main streets. He also supervised the construction of Gothenburg Cathedral (Domkyrkan) from 1814 to 1829. His architectural work was extensive at that time as the city fires were rampant between 1802 and 1804. He combined his work as an architect and artist and reflects architecture and cultural-historical value. He is noted for painting the lively city views around the canals and squares. In his other artworks, he showcased the suburbia of various mansions and natural landscapes with a romantic element.

Gothenburg is a medieval city with a maritime history until to the late 20th century. It is inching towards to become a leading city of sustainability in 21st century. It celebrates its 400th birth anniversary next year: 2021.

Lars Elofsson and Andreas Eraybar manage A & L Artefacts, which has a collection of artworks ranging from maps (cartography), military accoutrement, impressions of people, antiques and coins (numismatics) and paintings.

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