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Hjalmar Carl Gustaf Mörner

1794 Stockholm – 1837 Paris

Carl Gustaf Hjalmar, Count Mörner, who came from a noble family closely linked to the Swedish royal household, embarked on a military career as an officer in the Royal Guard. Quite in keeping with the customs of his lofty rank, he also cultivated his artistic inclinations and achieved prominence as a painter and printmaker. Nagler describes him as a man, "whom Nature has endowed with a rich artistic talent". Mörner spent over a decade in Rome (1816–1828) and produced a quite extensive œuvre of paintings, watercolours and graphic works which pay lively and often humorous testimony to this sojourn.