Christiania Norway by Sydney E Hart
Watercolour on Paper
Frame Size 21,125 ins (562 mm) by 13.625 ins (345 mm)
Image Size 14 ins (356 mm) by 5 ins (127 mm)
Born 1867 The Lizard, Cornwall. Died 1921 Bergen, Norway
Sydney the 4th child of Thomas Hart the eminent Cornish artist. Tutored by his father,.From the age of 17 he exhibited his works and sold them. including this watercolour Christiania Norway by Sydney E Hart.
Several newspaper reports praise the quality of his pictures.
Sydney joined his father on trips to Odda, Norway. Sydney lived in Odda, and earned a living by selling his art work,
in over 20 years living in Odda Sydney stayed in 2 Hotels only and made few friends
In 1911 Raphael Tuck and sons Ltd of London included in there “Oilette” World Wide range of postcards 6 paintings by Sydney, these remained in their catalogue up to the 1950’s
In 1814 the former provincial town of Christiania became the capital of the independent Kingdom of Norway.
In a personal union with Sweden. Several state institutions became established and the city’s role as a capital initiated a period of rapidly increasing population.
The government of this new state needed buildings for its expanding administration and institutions. Several important buildings were erected – The Bank of Norway (1828), the Royal Palace (1848), and the Storting(1866).
Large areas of the surrounding Aker municipality were incorporated in 1839, 1859 an 1878.
At that time the area called Oslo (now Gamlebyen or Old Town) was a village or suburb outside the city borders east of Aker river.
The population increased from approximately 10 000 in 1814 to 230 000 in 1900. Christiania expanded its industry from 1840, most importantly around Akerselva.
A building boom took place in Christiania, From 1870 to 1898
A rise of new apartments and buildings going up in the city center. This boom collapsed in 1899.