Ehrensvärd, Carl August

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Ehrensvärd, Carl August (1745–1800). Swedish Neo-Classical architect. His store-house at the dockyard at Karlskrona (1784) is one of the most severe late-C18 buildings. After a visit to Paestum in the 1780s (recorded in his Journey to Italy 1780, 1781, 1782 (1786)) he designed a primitivist Doric project for an entrance-gate to the dockyard that influenced Stirling in his Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (1977–84). His architectural designs, including a pyramid and an extremely squat Doric Order, were as advanced as any at the time, and his polemical works promoted something remarkably like C20 Functionalism.

Bibliography

CoE (1972);
J. Curl (2005);
Ehrensvärd (1786, 1922–5, 1948);
Frykenstedt (1965);
Josephson (1963);
Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, xxxiii (1964), 1–20;
Rosenblum (1967);
Jane Turner (1996);
Warburg (1893)