Margareta Capsia

female / Swedish, Finnish
artist, art consultant, patron
Capsia advised the Academy in Turku regarding the acquisition of portraits.
Swedish, Finnish
Stockholm 1682
she was baptized in 1682 (archives of the German community in Stockholm)
Turku 1759-06-20
died in Turku (Åbo) on 20 June 1758
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
She was the youngest dauhter of the rich merchant Gottfried Capsius (d. 1700) and his wife Ana Schultz (d. 1711). The father had a Netherlandish background. In 1719 Margareta married to pastor Jacob Gavelin (d. 1750) who fled to Stockholm due to the war.
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1723 - 1751
The first known portraits - of Christer Henric d'Albedyhill and his wife Hedvig Ulrika Mörner date from resp. 20 May and 24 June 1723.
Active in
  • Stockholm 1682 - 1711
    After the death of her mother in 1711, Margareta Capsia disappeared from the sources. She got either married or went abroad for education.
  • Stockholm 1720 - 1721
    In 1720 Margareta Capsia married to the eight years younger pastor Jacob Gavelin, who was from a rich merchant family in Vaasa.
  • Vaasa (Finland) 1721 - 1730
    the year after her marriage Margareta Capsia followed her husband to Vaasa. The couple did not get children but took care of three orphans from the Gavelin family.
  • Turku 1730 - 1759
    In 1730 the couple moved to Turku (Äbo) where Jacob Gavelin was appointed at the cathedral. They lived in house 55 in the Kyrkokvarteret. In 1735 the couple bought a burial place for themselves in the cathedral.
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
portrait, religious scene, landscape (as genre)
the first known altarpiece (signed) is that with the Last Supper in the Pedersören kirke of Jacobstad (Pietarsaari) from 1725 which is now in the National Museum in Helsinki and which is composed after a Bible illustration of Matthäus Merian (I) from 1630.
Creation date: 1991-12-15; Last modified date: 2021-07-01


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