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Gustaf Cederström 1845-1933, Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden, c.1877-78. © Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
This lifelike painting from Gustaf Cederström portrays the royal hero's return to Sweden following a fatal shot at the Siege of Fredriksten in Norway in 1718. Cederström was so intent on capturing the image as realistically as possible that he enlisted professional models, colleagues, friends and relatives to pose for him to ensure each soldier had a definitive individual look. For the King himself, he even erected a stretcher, getting a professional model to lie on it to create the scene as accurately as possible.
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Gustaf Cederström, 1845-1933, was a Swedish painter who specialised in historical scenes and portraits. Initially, he was intending to pursue a military career, but when he was able he also took art classes at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Eventually, he resigned from the military and eventually settled in Paris in 1873.
His first work to be recognised, was the piece featured on this pocket square, Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden, at the Exposition Universelle in 1878 for which he won a medal. Later that year he was elected a member of the Royal Academy and then went on to become its director from 1899 to 1911.
Cederström went on to create a number of historical scenes along with also becoming an author, with his best-known work being his autobiography - An Old Artist's Memories in 1926.
We were very pleased to create this series of four pocket squares in collaboration with Götrich 1730. Located in Stockholm, Götrich is Sweden's oldest bespoke tailors spanning six generations. Throughout the years, Götrich has developed its reputation around guaranteed quality and craftsmanship of the highest grade.
This collection of pocket squares features four works from the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, featuring renowned artists, Gustaf Cederström, Johan Georg Arsenius, Anders Zorn, and Hans Makart.
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