Albert Engström was a leading Swedish cartoonist during the era of the humour magazines. Born in Lönneberga, Kalmar County, he spent a large part of his childhood in Hult, where his father was station master. He was one of Carl Larsson's pupils at Valand's Art School in Gothenburg. He quickly developed into an extraordinarily skillful and productive artist.
Between 1894 and 1896 he was on the editorial staff of the comedy magazine Söndags-Nisse. He is perhaps best known in Sweden for his satirical cartoons, published in his own magazine Strix from 1897. His best-known character is 'Kolingen', a tramp who always made fun of the upper classes. Other artists that published in Engström's Strix magazine were Carl Larsson and Bruno Liljefors.
self-portrait on a stamp
Additional info: Swedish Comics History, by Frederik Strömberg (The Swedish Comics Association, 2010)
Artwork © 1940 Albert Engstrom
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