1897, Arts Exhibition, Stockholm


This photochrome print from the Detroit Publishing Company is a view of the General Art and Industrial Exposition of Stockholm in 1897. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, industrialized countries organized large-scale international exhibitions to showcase their industrial and scientific achievements and to appeal to national pride at home. Such exhibitions were mounted in Paris in 1855, 1867, 1878, and 1889, Vienna in 1873, Philadelphia in 1876, and Chicago in 1893. The Stockholm exhibition was timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of King Oscar II’s accession to the throne. It featured displays of machinery and consumer goods from Swedish and foreign companies, as well as entertainments for the public. Shown in the photograph is the principal architectural icon of the exhibition, the Hall of Industry. With its four minarets and central cupola, the hall was patterned after the Hagia Sofia Mosque in Istanbul. The exhibition opened on May 15, the name day of Queen Sofia, in the presence of the Swedish royal family and dignitaries from other countries.

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