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Aleksanteri I ja Porvoon valtiopäivät 1809

Alexander I and the Diet of Porvoo in 1809

The Diet of Porvoo was the summoned legislative assembly to establish the Grand Principality of Finland in 1809 and the heir of the powers of the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
Emil Wikström
1903

Helsinki /  Aleksanteri I ja Porvoon valtiopäivät 1809

Description

Pediment sculpture group - 18.6 x 3.12 meter - comprises 26 figures.

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Helsinki - Aleksanteri I ja Porvoon valtiopäivät 1809

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In the frieze are the coats of arms of the nine provinces of Finland, from left to right Karjala (Karelia), Savo (Savonia), Häme (Tavastia), Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi (Finland-Proper), Satakunta, Pohjanmaa (Ostrobothnia), Lappi (Laponia) and Ahvenanmaa (Åland).

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Annotation

The House of the Estates, designed by Gustaf Nyström, was completed in 1890 to serve as a place of assembly for the three estates below the rank of nobility. On the Estates' initiative a competition was arranged to find a sculptor to carry out the tympanum group. The competition was won by young Emil Wikström's entry 'The development of the Finnish people through battle and work to the first Diet in 1809'. The production was delayed because a fire in Wikström's studie destroyed in 1896 the original design and the plaster casts. The sculptor finished the work in Paris, 1897-1902.

Helsinki - Aleksanteri I ja Porvoon valtiopäivät 1809

Sculptor

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Tags

  • Coat of arms
  • Faith (Fides)
  • Geer, Robert Wilhelm de
  • Industry
  • Kantele player
  • Klockars, Pietari
  • Law (allegory)
  • Man with boy
  • Monarch
  • Science (allegorical figure)
  • Soldier
  • Student
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Trapp, Kristian
  • Wikström, Emil
  • Location (N 60°10'16" - E 24°57'13")

    Item Code: fi106; Photograph: 1 July 2013
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