Chest Prints

Chest prints are hand-colored single sheet prints that were often pasted inside the lids of chests in which people stored their belongings. The National Library’s collection contains about 900 chest prints and about 200 in reprint.

Chest prints were distributed in large editions in the 18th and 19th centuries. The motifs of early chest prints were often biblical stories or royal portraits. In the mid-19th century, the motifs gradually became more mundane. Most of the National Library’s chest prints are Swedish, but the collection includes prints from Germany, France, Finland, and Great Britain. Many of the chest prints in the library collection were printed in Jönköping and Stockholm.

Christ at table with the two Disciplines in Emmaus. With the Lamb is here shown Jesus, our Paschal Lamb [...]. Printed by J.P. Lundströ, Jönköping. 1849.

Christ at table with the two Disciples in Emmaus. With the Lamb is here shown Jesus, our Paschal Lamb, [...]. Printed by J.P. Lundström, Jönköping. 1849.

Last updated: 2008-04-22
Contact person: Greger Bergvall, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se
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