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date: 18 November 2019

Rehn, Jean Ericlocked

(b Stockholm, May 18, 1717; d Stockholm, March 19, 1793).
  • A.-G. Wahlberg


(b Stockholm, May 18, 1717; d Stockholm, March 19, 1793).

Swedish architect, designer, draughtsman and engraver. In 1733 he began his architectural training at the Fortifikation in Stockholm and in 1739 received his commission as military draughtsman. From 1735 he was also a student at the Kungliga Akademi för de Fria Konsterna, founded in that year. In 1740 Carl Hårleman provided him with a scholarship so that he might train as an engraver with Jacques-Philippe Lebas in Paris. At the same time Rehn studied architecture as well as pattern draughting for textiles, faience and silverware and was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He was offered a position as an engraver at the Ecole de Chirurgie and appeared destined to have a successful career in Paris. However, in 1745, Hårleman succeeded in having Rehn appointed as designer and pattern draughtsman at the Manufakturkontor (Manufactures Office) in Stockholm. Before returning home, he visited Lyon to examine technical innovations in silk manufacture and to buy silk cloth with contemporary patterns that he might later copy. In Stockholm he founded an engraving school that lasted from ...

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G. Lilja, ed.: Svenska konstnärslexikon, 5 vols (Malmö, 1952–67)