Carl August Ehrensvärd


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Swedish Neo-Classical architect. His store-house at the dockyard at Karlskrona (1784) is one of the most severe late-C18 buildings. After a visit to Paestum in the 1780s (recorded in his Journey to Italy 1780, 1781, 1782 (1786) he designed a primitivist Doric project for an entrance-gate to the dockyard that influenced Stirling in his Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (1977–84). His architectural designs, including a pyramid and an extremely squat Doric Order, were as advanced as any at the time, and his polemical works promoted something remarkably like C20 Functionalism.

CoE (1972);J. Curl (2005);Ehrensvärd (1786, 1922–5, 1948);Frykenstedt (1965);Josephson (1963);Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, xxxiii (1964), 1–20;Rosenblum (1967);Jane Turner (1996);Warburg (1893)

Subjects: Architecture.

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