Oscar I of Sweden, 1799 – 1859

September 28, 1844 – Oscar I of Sweden – Norway is crowned king of Sweden.

Oscar contributed some of his time and energy to endeavors supportive of the performing arts.  In 1832-34 he completed the opera Ryno, the errant knight left unfinished on the death of the young composer Eduard Brendler.

He also placed a high value on education and social justice.  In 1839 he wrote a series of articles on popular education, and (in 1841) an anonymous work, “Om Straff och straffanstalter”, advocating prison reforms.

This stamp, issued by Norway in 1856, features a profile of Oscar I.

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