Carl August Ehrensvärd was an early Swedish painter, sculptor and caricaturist. He sometimes drew sequential stories, similar to the work of his English contemporaries James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson. In 1786, Ehrensvärd travelled to Italy. During the 1790s, he often teamed up with fellow artist Johan Tobias Sergel, drawing so-called "jam-comics" and other stories for private use. These early examples of comics were often burlesque presentations of parties, drinking and sex.