Bright Summer Nights
Among the negatives found in the Flensburg archives, were a collection motifs from Norway.

Although many countries experienced a significant growth in tourist activity during Dreesen's career, few saw a




From an outsider's perspective
As one of the most popular destinations in Europe at the time,
Norway had enjoyed a steadily increasing stream of tourists each year.

Internal causes: National romanticism
External causes: modernity, historicism + some unfortunate stuff


Gradually, a national image to last a century was forming in Norway.
The land of the midnight sun - the most famous sobriquet by far -
was born out of a novel touristic interest.

Understanding the attraction of the North

Images showcasing:
national romanticism
idyllic scenes
"what was the attraction"
tourism in focus

The journey of Gol Stave Church

The most iconic of all medieval constructions in Norway, the Stave Churches, once numbered in the thousands.

Deconstructed, shipped 300 km and reassembled on the royal collections on Bygdø.

A classic example of the resurgence of interest in the past, to appeal to

What was so interesting about them?
-historicism
-connection to the past - and to the people
-quickly absorbed into

As Gol Stave Church departed for Oslo, it became a centrepiece of the
John Dean Caton
"A Summer in Norway"
1880
We know that Norway has a history, but little of it is accessi- ble in our language. We know they were once a powerful people in war ; that they had liberal, yes, democratic institutions, and were more advanced than many of their southern neighbors in the science of government ; that they left their deep impress especially upon the British Islands, when the institutions of the latter were in a plastic state, and in the process of formation, and thus have had an influence on our own. We know that William the Conqueror was descended from Norwegian stock, and that the present dynasty of Great Britain traces its origin back to Norway. We know that they had their heroic age, when in valor, enterprise and sanguinary deeds they eclipsed all other peoples. We have been told that their brave navigators first discovered our own country, and actually colonized our shores centuries before Columbus was born.
Charles Francis Keary
"Norway and the Norwegians"
1892
For the very causes, which have kept the country so long divided, and have left it so little opportunity for great national movements for a wide culture or for the creation of great monuments, such, for example, as the architecture witli which the Middle Ages covered other European countries, is precisely the cause of the ex- ceeding attraction of the country to the traveller of to-day, who is tired of seeing on every side of him the signs of a too solid material prosperity from which the reign of nature seems quite shut out
From Wilhelm Dreesen's own travelogue
'Von Fels zum Meer' (1897)
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