Wilhelmina Lagerholm

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Wilhelmina Lagerholm
Wilhelmina Katarina Lagerholm - from Svenskt Porträttgalleri XX.png
Born25 March 1826
Died19 June 1917

Wilhelmina Catharina Lagerholm (1826–1917) was a Swedish painter and an early professional female photographer. After first studying and practising painting, she turned mainly to photography in 1862, opening a studio in Örebro in central Sweden.[1][2]


Lagerholm's oil portrait of Professor August Malmstrom

Born on 25 March 1826 in Örebro, Lagerholm was the daughter of the surveyor Nils Fredrik Wilhelm Lagerholm and his wife Anna Elisabeth Ekman.[3] She studied art in Stockholm, Paris and Düsseldorf, becoming proficient as a portraitist. From 1862 to 1871, she worked as a photographer in Örebro but then moved to Stockholm where she became a portrait and genre painter. In 1871, she became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts.[1]

Lagerholm died in Stockholm on 19 June 1917.[3] She is remembered as one of Sweden's earliest professional female professional along with Emma Schenson in Uppsala, Hilda Sjölin in Malmö and Rosalie Sjöman in Stockholm.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Lagerholm, Vilhelmina". Nordisk familjebok (in Swedish). 1911. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Dahlman, Eva. "Kvinnliga pionjärer osynliga i fotohistorien" (in Swedish). Tidskrift för genusvetenskap: University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Wilhelmina Catharina Lagerholm" (in Swedish). Slektshistorie: Haugland, Skurdal, Musland, Sandvik. Retrieved 12 May 2016.