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Erik Dahlbergh (1625-1703) Sweden

Erik Dahlbergh, a Swedish architect, draftsman, public official and military officer, was born in Stockholm. Dahlberg distinguished himself in his military career both as a policy maker and officer. Dahlberg was also well known as an architect, especially for “Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna,” a collection of engravings commissioned in 1661. The work comprises 353 plates engraved by both Swedish and foreign masters. The plates represent buildings from Sweden’s period as a great power and shows the foremost cities. This work is particularly interesting since it serves as an historical record as many of the depicted buildings no longer exist. The plates continued to be printed well into the twentieth century.