Lea Ahlborn

Lea Frederika Ahlborn ( born February 18, 1826 in Stockholm, † November 13, 1897 ) was a Swedish artist and member of the Royal Academy of Arts. She was the first Swedish woman who engraved coins in the civil service.


She was the daughter of Münzgravierers Ludvig Lundgren and showed an early interest in her father's profession. 1849, she was one of four women who were the first to study in the Stockholm Art Academy. Together with her ​​mentor, Carl Gustaf Qvarnström, and her brother she undertook in 1852 a study trip to Paris, where she worked for the sculptor Toussaint and the Münzgravierer Barre.

One year after their return to Stockholm in 1854, she married the sculptor Carl Ahlborn. 1855 Lea Ahlborn was the first woman in the country employed by the national mint and the same year she was elected to the Royal Academy of Art. She received orders from the Swedish Academy, the Academy of Sciences and the Royal Charity Association Pro Patria. Among her works are found, for example, a medal to the silver wedding of the Swedish royal couple, a medal to mark the centennial anniversary of the American War of Independence, showing George Washington and a medal for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

In 1883 she was awarded the Royal Medal Illis Quorum.

Literature and links

  • Österberg, Carin et al, Svenska kvinnor. Föregångare, nyskapare. Lund: . Signum 1990 ( ISBN 91-87896-03-6 )
  • Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor, Wilhelmina Stålberg & PG mountain
  • Swede
  • Born in 1826
  • Died in 1897
  • Woman
  • Honorary Member of the Kungliga Konsthögskolan Stockholm