Ahrend Tobias Beskow ca 1716 - 1786
Is considered to be the ancestor of the Beskow family in Sweden. Ahrend Tobias moved to Stralsund, where he gained burgers ship the 13th of May 1747. He was a skilled tailor. He also worked as a skroelderman until his death. He died the 16th of January 1786 in the age of 70. Ahrend married Anna Catarina Zelms (Zilmer). They had eight children, four daughters and four sons, where of three sons moved to Sweden during the 1770ies. Anna Catarina died the 19th of September 1791 also in the age of 70.
Johann Jakob Beskow 1753-1795
became the stem father of the family´s older branch. Johan Jacob was born in Stralsund and moved to Sweden and Arboga, where he worked as an assessor and surgeon until his death. His medical library is kept intact in the older branch. Johan Jacob in 1782 married Anna Catharina Westerberg (1760-1830). They got 9 children.
Henric Nicolaus Beskow 1759-1835
The middle brother Henric Nicolaus was born in Stralsund and moved to Sweden and Stockholm, where he became merchant and an industrial manager. He was also artistically active and sketched on copper plates as a pupil to Louis Jean Desprez. He died unmarried.
Michael Bernhard Beskow 1762-1820
came to be stem father to the family´s younger branch. He was born in Stralsund and moved to Sweden and Stockholm, where he became a gros merchant and industrial manager. The 1st of October 1779 (at the age of 17) he applied for and got burgers ship in the capital, where he worked until his death. Michael Bernhard in 1796 married Anna Catarina Dahlin (1766-1843). They got 7 children.
Bernhard von Beskow 1796-1868
son to Michael Bernhard. Bernhard von Beskow was a versatile cultural person; author, publicist, dramatist and head of the Royal Swedish Opera. He also was a member (1828-1868) of the Royal Swedish Academy and became the permanent secretary of the Academy 1834. He was knighted Baron 1843. He died without having any children.
Gustaf Beskow1799-1890
son to Michael Bernhard Beskow. Gustaf was born in Stockholm. He went in his fathers footsteps; became merchant, an industrial manager and proprietor (for example Huså Fröå Koppargruvor). He 1836 acquired the estate Stora Nyckelviken just outside Stockholm.
Gustaf Emanuel Beskow1834-1899
preacher, pedagogue and member of the Swedish Parliament. Gustaf Emanuel was born at Örby Castle (acquired by his grandfather Michael Berhard) just south of Stockholm. He was ordained in 1859 and he contributed in many ways to the creation of Blasieholmskyrkan. 1867 he started Beskowska skolan in Stockholm. He became preacher at the royal court 1879 and member of the parliament 1888-1890. From 1892 Chairman of Evangeliska fosterlandsstiftelsen.
Elisabeth Maria Beskow1870-1928
daughter to Gustaf Emanuel Beskow. Elisabeth was an author and wrote more than 50 novels and storys for children under the pseudonym of Runa. During the beginning of the 20th century she was, after Selma Lagerlöf, the most read female author in Sweden.
Fredrik Natanael Beskow 1865-1953
preacher, author and a painter. Born at Risetorps gård in Småland and son to the dean Fritz Beskow (Fritz B was the brother of Gustaf Emanuel Beskow). Natanael studied at The Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm 1888-1892. He acquired a graduate in divinity in 1895 and moved to Djursholm 1896, where he married Elsa Maartman. Natanael then worked as a preacher, author and hymn writer. He became Honorary Doctor of Divinity at Lunds Univesity 1918. Together with Ebba Pauli he founded Birkagården (youth centre) 1912, where he was the principal until 1946.
Elsa Beskow (född Maartman) 1874-1853
is one of Swedens most well-known and appreciated author of childrens books. Elsa Maartman was educated at Tekniska skolans higher art-industrial department in Stockholm and then she worked as a drawing-master at Whitlockska samskolan 1894-1897. She married 1897 to preacher Natanael Beskow. They got six sons, who became models for the children in her tales. Elsa Beskow made her name as an author with Puttes äventyr i Blåbärsskogen. Her production thruogh the years reached a large number of books. She worked together with Alice Tegnér and also made illustrations for others (for example Nu skall vi sjunga). Her last book, Röda bussen och gröna bilen, was published 1952.
Knut Jacob Beskow 1876-1928
industrialist and politician. Knut Jakob was educated in industial chemistry at KTH, Stockholm 1896. He became head of Höganäsverken 1918. He was appointed minister of finance 1921 and 1923-24 and then director-general over Domänstyrelsen 1925. He was a member of the Swedish Parliament 1925-28 and also member of Ingenjörsvetenskapakdemin and Lantbruksakademin.
Einar August Beskow 1880-1946
lawyer with official career. August was born in Stockholm. He was educated in Uppsala but then worked in Stockholm as a judge of appeal and under-secretary of State. He was appointed Governor in Norrbotten and later in Kronobergs län 1925-1944 and a member of the cabinet 1928-1930. He was chairman of the board of the insurance company Trygg from 1944.
Ingegerd Beskow (born Tullberg) 1880-1946
Was an artist. Ingegerd Fanny Karin Sofia Tullberg was born in Uppsala. She studied painting for Carl Wilhelmsson at Valands Art School in Göteborg1907-1909. She thereafter studied for Henri Matisse and Maurice Denis in Paris. She married August Beskow in 1911. She was known as a landscape-painter and acknowledged as water-colour painter. She also worked with oil-painting. Had a great number of exhibitions during the 1930-1950th.
Gunnar Beskow 1901-1991
geologist and author. Gunnar was son to Elsa and Natanael Beskow and born in Djursholm. He was educated at Stockholms University. He received a Ph.D in mineralogy in 1930, professor in geolology at Chalmers University 1949. He was a highly praised author, poet and cultural personality.He was chairman in The Swedish Authors Association 1948-1950.
Bo Viktor Beskow 1906 - 1989
artist, painter and author. Bo was son to Elsa and Natanael Beskow and born in Djursholm. Studied at The Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm and in Rome and in Paris. Versatile in his artistry; portrait- and landscape-painter, developed techniques for stained-glas windows (i.e.Skara Domkyrka), worked with fresco-painting and muralpainting. Famous for his monumentalpaintings in the UN-building in New York. Represented at Nationamuseum, Moderna museét och Gripsholms slott.