Päder Målare och Munthen

Pehr Nordquist was a celebrated Swedish landscape painter when he got acquainted with the work of (mostly British) caricaturists. He was so inspired by these early forms of comics that he started working in that tradition himself. While in hospital with a broken leg in 1801, he drew a series of sequential picture-stories, including 'Päder Målare och Munthen' ('Peter Painter and Munthen'), about a poor painter and his demanding landlord. When he recovered, Pehr Nordquist started travelling through Europe, but he caught malaria and tuberculosis in Rome and died in Naples 1805. Most of his collected drawings were burned, so we will never know if he made any more comics.

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