Today is the hundredth anniversary of Bondetåget, a nationwide demonstration in favour of increased armament spending. Masses of farmers descended on Stockholm to urge King Gustav V to do something about Liberal prime minister Karl Staaff, who was pennypinching on the dreadnoughts. Explorer Sven Hedin cowrote the Courtyard Speech, which the King read to the assembled just before he installed a Conservative government. Sweden stayed out of World War One, but made a lot of money selling arms. Source.
Open-Air Studio by William Blair Bruce (1859-1906). That glowing white scrim seems too modern for the rest of the picture, as if she's using some kind of nineteenth-century microfilm reader. This painting is in the collection of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm along with some of his others, and another large donation of his canvasses became the core of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.