The girl in the yellow ball gown: Elisabeth Schwan

The girl in the yellow ball gown: Elisabeth Schwan

Who was Elisabeth Schwan? Last week, I wrote about Augusta’s lieutenants – the ones she met at balls, theatres, and concerts. The image for the blog was a painting of Lieutenant Bergenstråhle dancing with a girl in a yellow ball gown. The painter, Fritz von Dardel, had “tagged” her as E. Schwan. In another painting, von Dardel also included her and tagged her as Elisabeth […]

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Augusta’s voyage on the Göta Canal – “one of the most beautiful and pleasant trips one can make”

Augusta’s voyage on the Göta Canal – “one of the most beautiful and pleasant trips one can make”

In July 1850, Augusta made a memorable voyage on the Göta Canal. The reasons for Augusta’s voyage was to wave goodbye to her brother August, who was to sail from Gothenburg to Cape Town on the brig Mimer. And of course, Augusta provides a colorful eyewitness account of her voyage. On the outbound trip to Gothenburg, onboard the steamer Götheborg, she spends a lot of […]

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