Monday, October 27, 2008

August Mannerheim's Riilahden salonki

Riilahden salonki [Riilahdi's salon] by August Mannerheim. From a 1962 Finnish schoolbook, Uusi Kansakoulun Lukukirja 2, Ennen ja Nyt. [ New Elementary School Reader 2, Then and Now.]

This watercolour by Finnish war hero Mannerheim's great uncle, August, depicts Finnish women in the mid 1800s. No woman wearing a huivi [headscarf] here. The women (and men) are performing European aristocratic class manners. Is there anything in this image that could locate this salon as Finnish? The text on the bottom is French, noting this scene to depict Juillet 1845 or 1849.

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