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Nils Ericson, Baron, Engineer
  • Nils Ericson, Baron, Engineer

    TitleNils Ericson, Baron, Engineer
  • Technique/ MaterialMarble
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h) 83 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Johannes Fritiof Kjellberg, Swedish, born 1836-02-06, dead 1885-12-16
  • Depicted PersonNils Ericson
  • CategorySculpture
  • Inventory No.NMSk 689
  • AcquisitionGift 1877 Nils Ericson's sons
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1280 The Sculpture Courtyard
  • Description
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    Nils Ericson was a Swedish canal and railroad pioneer. His career began with the construction of Göta Canal with his father Olof and his brother John. Nils went on to work with Trollhätte Canal and Slussen in Stockholm. In 1854, he was appointed by the state to develop a network of railroad trunk lines. As a result, he played an important part in developing a modern infrastructure. There is a statue of him in front of the Stockholm Central station. Nils’s brother became an inventor, emigrated to the United States in 1839 and designed the USS Monitor, the steam-driven battleship that helped the North win the American Civil War.