The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

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Presumably 1839 Bertel Thorvaldsen, A880, fragment of a sketch. Thorvaldsen’s head from the preparatory model, Nysø36, of Bertel Thorvaldsen with the Statue of Hope.
Presumably 1839 Aesculapius, A784, fragment of A20.
Presumably 1839 Johann Wolfgang Goethe, A139.
Presumably 1839 Frederik 6. encourages Thorvaldsen to stay in Copenhagen.
Presumably 1839 - 1840 Wilckens starts collecting Thorvaldsen memorabilia.
Presumably 1839 - 1840 Wilckens saves locks of Thorvaldsen’s hair.
Presumably 1839 - 1840 Nominates Emilius Bærentzen for admission to the Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, but Bærentzen does not receive enough votes.
Presumably 1839 - 1841 Buys several vedute (cityscapes) by H.G.F. Holm, e.g. D836.
Presumably 1839 - 1841 Doctor Joachim Lund Drejer (1792-1853) has Thorvaldsen make a plaster cast of the sculptor’s juvenile work, A864, Ernst Heinrich Løffler, A630.
Presumably 1839 - 1841 The pantomimist Adolph Price (1805-1890) creates tableaux vivants after Thorvaldsen’s works and collections. Thorvaldsen sees several of Price’s pantomimes.
Presumably 1839 - 1843 A.B. Rothe gives Thorvaldsen Tyge Rothe, A225.
Presumably 1839 - 1843 Oehlenschläger writes a poem on The Ages of Love, A426.
Presumably 1839 - 1843 Gives C.F. Høyer the bust of his mother, Sophie Dorothea Høyer, A763.
1839 Boy Sitting on a Stair, Nysø65, preparatory work for A560.
1839 Child Walking with Palm Branch, Nysø67, preparatory work for A560.
1839 Hercules, A16, first preparatory work for A14.
1839 Head of apostle, Nysø92, preparatory work for Nysø18.
1839 Minerva, A18, first model of A17.
1839 Nemesis, A19a, first model of A19.
1839 Perseus and Andromeda, A486.
1839 Young Man with Palm Branches in his Arm, Nysø68, preparatory work for A560.
1839 Aesculapius, A21, first model of A20.
1839 G.F. Hetsch suggests the subject of Christ on the Road to Calvary, A560, for the altar-niche of the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen.
1839 Models sketches of four colossal statues for Christiansborg Palace (A16, A18, A19a, A21).
1839 - 1840 Horse’s head and warrior, A64.
1839 - 1840 Head of a child, Nysø99, preparatory work for A559.
1839 - 1842 Olympus, Nysø57, preparatory work for Pietro Galli’s sculpture, G5.
1839 - 1843 Merchant Carl Adolf Ollendorff (1816-1902) gives the museum a Grandfather Clock, N150, made by Thorvaldsen.
1839 - 1844 Cupid blowing a horn, Nysø81.
2.1.1839 Attends the 56th birthday party of the Danish painter C.W. Eckersbergs. A toast to Thorvaldsen is proposed.
6.1.1839 Receives a visit from the painter C.W. Eckersberg and his daughters.
14.1.1839 Meeting in the Comittee for the Foundation of Thorvaldsens Museum attended by Thorvaldsen.
18.1.1839 Dines at the home of J.S. Møsting in the company of Joseph Hambro, the zoologist J. Reinhardt (1776-1845), the philologist Carl Christian Rafn, Johan Gunder Adler, C.W. Eckersberg, and others.
20.1.1839 Received in the Royal Theatre. Prologue by Adam Oehlenschläger is recited.
29.1.1839 Receives a visit from the Danish painter C.W. Eckersberg.
February 1839 Marble version of Baptismal Font, cf. A555,1, A555,2, A555,3, A555,4, arrives in Iceland and is installed in the cathedral in Reykjavik.
6.2.1839 Receives a visit from the Danish painter C.W. Eckersberg.
8.2.1839 Is godfather to Carl Christian Nielsen Grenaae’s (1798-?) daughter, Thorvaldine Wilhelmine Juliane Grenaae (1839-?), in Garnison Church, Copenhagen.
16.2.1839 Receives a visit from the Danish painter C.W. Eckersberg.
17.2.1839 Sits for his portrait by C.A. Jensen Portrait of the Sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. Today at the Museum of National History, Fredriksborg Castle, inv.no. A 80.
Presumably spring 1839 J.V. Gertner draws Thorvaldsen at Charlottenborg, e.g. D825.
Spring 1839 Baptismal Font, cf. A555,1, A555,2, A555,3, A555,4, is consecrated in the cathedral in Reykjavik.
Spring 1839 H.E. Freund erects the marble Christ, cf. A82, in the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen.
Spring 1839 Apostles in plaster are replaced by marble versions, the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen.
2.3.1839 Visits the painter C.W. Eckersberg.
8.3.1839 Receives a visit from C.W. Eckersberg, who introduces Hans Henrik Dithmer.
8.3.1839 Thorvaldsen’s Roman birthday is celebrated by the society of De danske Romeres in Copenhagen . The artist is hosting 48 guests. Two songs
16.3.1839 Attends a party given by the Danish officer Joseph Abrahamson. Accompanied home by C.W. Eckersberg at 2 am.
24.3.1839 The Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen, is reopened with the completed decorations, i.e. the newly installed marble sculptures by Thorvaldsen.
24.3.1839 Thorvaldsen is godfather to Hermann Ernst Freund’s daughter in the Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen. The Baptismal Angel Kneeling, cf. A112, is being used for a baptism for the first time.
25.4.1839 The evening before General Prayer Day (Danish public holiday). Visits Antoinette Thomasine Liebenberg, and goes for a walk on the ramparts (popular activity on this particular day in Copenhagen) with his goddaughter, Maria Liebenberg and her brother F.L. Liebenberg.
26.4.1839 Receives a visit from the painter C.W. Eckersberg.
28.4.1839 Is godfather to Georg Daniel von Hindenburg’s son, Albert Thorvald Hindenburg (1839-1906) in Garnison Church, Copenhagen.
30.4.1839 Attends the wedding party of Heinrich Eddelien.
Beginning of May 1839 The corvette Galathea sails from Copenhagen bound for Leghorn in order to fetch Thorvaldsen’s works.
3.5.1839 Dines at the house of Jørgen Koch in the company of Adam Oehlenschläger, Hans Puggaard, A.C. Kierulff, C.W. Eckersberg, and others.
4.5.1839 First honorary member of De Massmanske Søndagsskoler.
8.5.1839 Concert in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, celebrating the unveiling of the Schiller monument, cf. A770, in Stuttgart the same day. The surplus from the concert goes to the future Thorvaldsens Museum.
Song by Oehlenschläger and music by Weyse etc. is performed.
8.5.1839 The Schiller monument, cf. A770, is unveiled in Stuttgart.
16.5.1839 Is godfather to Just Mathias Thiele’s son, Thorvald Nicolai Thiele (1838-1910), in Christiansborg Palace Church.
20.5.1839 Becomes godfather to Peder Brønnum Scavenius’ son, Jacob Frederik Scavenius (1838-1915), in Holtug Chuch near Store Heddinge.
27.5.1839 140 students from Lund University pay tribute to Thorvaldsen at Charlottenborg. He shows his studio museum.
28.5.1839 Deltager i 28. Mai Selskabets politiske møde på Skydebanen i København. Thorvaldsen hyldes med en sang. Ca. 200 deltagere bl.a. H.N. Clausen, H.P. Hansen, L.N. Hvidt, C.N. David, H.P. Holst og P.C. Stenersen Gad.
Summer 1839 Wilhelm 1. visit Thorvaldsen’s workshop and commissions a marble version of the statue Cupid and the Graces, cf. A29, Further, he buys the reliefs The Seasons, cf. A642, A643, A644, A645, Shepherdess with a Nest of Cupids, cf. A425, and Cupid Complains to Venus about a Bee Sting, cf. A780. The reliefs are today at the Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart.
June - August 1839 Christ Blessing the Children, Nysø23.
Beginning of June 1839 Almost completes the modelling of Ludvig Holberg, A876.
4.6.1839 Arrives at Nysø Manor near Præstø for the first time after his return in 1838.
4.6.1839 - 24.3.1844 Residence at Nysø, near Præstø, South Zealand. However, he lives alternately at Nysø, at Charlottenborg, and in Rom until his death. Gets his own studio, “Wayland’s smithy”, in the garden, inaugurated 24.7.1839.
12.6. - 14.6.1839 Trip to Sorø.
13.6.1839 At Sorø Academy. The students sing a song to Thorvaldsen by B.S. Ingemann.
21.6.1839 Trip to Mogenstrup.
23.6.1839 Lunch at Nysø with songs for Thorvaldsen by Carsten Hauch and Peter Wulff. B.S. Ingemann was also present.
23.6.1839 Trip to Jungshoved.
23.6.1839 Impromptu evening party on Præstø Bay, where lights were floated in the water in Thorvaldsen’s honour.
Presumably 24.6.1839 Bertel Thorvaldsen with the Statue of Hope, Nysø36, preparatory model for Nysø1.
28.6. - 29.6.1839 From Nysø to Altona with Christine Stampe. Probably stays at the hotel Zum Holsteinischen Hause.
29.6.1839 Visits Conrad Hinrich Donner in Altona. They go to the opera for a performance of I puritani (The Puritans) by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835).
30.6.1839 Meets with Georg Ernst Harzen. Visits August Abendroth’s richly decorated mansion. At a large party in the evening.
July 1839 - 5.10.1839 Bertel Thorvaldsen with the Statue of Hope, Nysø1.
July 1839 - 5.10.1839 Head of Thorvaldsen, Nysø72, preparatory work for Nysø1.
1.7.1839 Large dinner party at Conrad Hinrich Donner’s with C.C. Zahrtmann, Sophie Elisabeth Zahrtmann, Christine Stampe, Peter von Scholten (1784-1854) and others.
2.7.1839 Lunch with the art dealers Georg Ernst Harzen and Matthias Commeter (1791–1869). Visits August Abendroth’s mansion in Hamburg once more.
2.7.1839 Departure from Altona / Hamburg bound for Lübeck.
3.7.1839 Arrival Copenhagen with the steamboat Frederik VI from Lübeck.
5.7.1839 Receives a visit from C.W. Eckersberg.
9.7.1839 From Copenhagen to Elsinore in the company of Christine Stampe, Henrik Stampe, Henrik Stampe, Holger Stampe-Charisius and Elise Stampe. Meets Christian Wulff and Henriette Wulff.
9.7.1839 Transfer to Helsingborg. Lunch in Ramlösa with Scanian dignitaries. From here via Höganäs to Kullen with the Stampe family. The party spends the night here.
10.7.1839 From Kullen via a visit to count Carl De Geer (1781–1861) at Kulla Gunnarstorp to Helsingborg – a party is held celebrating Thorvaldsen and Danish-Swedish brotherhood. Leaving Helsingborg the sculptor is cheered by a large crowd and an orchestra.
10.7.1839 In Elsinore the town council arranges a party at the Shooting Range celebrating Thorvaldsen with music, song and salutes.
11.7.1839 Travels from Elsinore to Copenhagen via Sorgenfri, where he visits Prince Christian (8.) Frederik and Caroline Amalie.
Presumably 12.7.1839 From Copenhagen to Nysø.
Middle of July 1839 - August 1839 Kneeling Angel, A159.
Middle of July 1839 - September 1839 Thorvaldsen has his portrait painted by J.V. Gertner, probably Thorvaldsen modelling the bust of Adam Oehlenschläger, Dep.35, and Thorvaldsen in his studio, B430.
Presumably 19.7. - 23.7.1839 Trip to Møn with Adam Oehlenschläger and Hans Puggaard.
19.7.1839 Attends the 80th birthday of the merchant Christopher Friedenreich Hage at Stege. A large number of guests arrive from Copenhagen with the steam boat Queen Marie.
20.7.1839 Thorvaldsen and Adam Oehlenschläger are celebrated with a party and singing in Klinteskoven on Møn. Spends the night with Ole Johan Freuchen in his vicarage at Magleby.
21.7.1839 N.F.S. Grundtvig prædiker i Udby kirke. Blandt de tilstedeværende er antagelig Thorvaldsen, Adam Oehlenschläger og Hans Puggaard.
23.7.1839 Returns to Nysø.
23.7.1839 Evening gathering at Nysø, including a song in Thorvaldsen’s honour probably written by A.C. Petersen.
24.7.1839 Thorvaldsen’s studio in the garden of Nysø – “Wayland’s smithy” – is inaugurated in the presence of Oehlenschläger, Grundtvig, Hans Puggaard and many others.
25.7.1839 Trip to Hollænderskoven.
26.7.1839 From Nysø to Sorø in the company of the Stampe family.
26.7.1839 With B.S. Ingemann and Adam Oehlenschläger, godfather to Carsten Hauch’s daughter, who is baptized “Albertine” after Thorvaldsen by N.F.S. Grundtvig.
27.7.1839 From Sorø to Nysø with Christine Stampe and her family.
End of July 1839 - 29.9.1839 Adam Oehlenschläger, A226, marked: “Nysøe den 29. Set. 1839”.
13.8.1839 G. Bindesbøll’s project for Thorvaldsens Museum is chosen by a majority of the members of the Comitteen for Oprettelsen af Thorvaldsens Museum (The Committee for the Foundation of Thorvaldsen’s Museum).
15.8.1839 H.C. Andersen ankommer til Nysø.
16.8.1839 The clay model of Ludvig Holberg is cast in plaster, A876.
26.8.1839 Besøger antagelig Gustav Holck-Winterfeldt (1802-1885) og Christiane Danneskiold-Samsøe (1809-1873) på Grevensvænge sammen med familien Stampe og H.C. Andersen. Retur til Nysø samme aften.
26.8.1839 Korvetten Galathea ankommer til København med 42 kasser indeholdende flere afstøbninger af Thorvaldsens værker og antikke skulpturer.
30.8.1839 Antagelig fra Nysø til Gisselfeld for at deltage i festen til ære for kronprinseparret Christian (8.) Frederik og Caroline Amalie. Bl.a. sammen med familien Stampe og H.C. Andersen. Retur til Nysø samme aften.
31.8.1839 Fra Nysø til Bregentved for at fejre Christian (8.) Frederik og Caroline Amalie. Bl.a. sammen med familien Stampe og H.C. Andersen. Overnatter dér på Adam Wilhelm Moltkes invitation.
31.8.1839 Kasser med gipsafstøbninger af både Thorvaldsens værker og antikke skulpturer lastes fra den nyankomne korvet Galathea og fragtes til Charlottenborg.
Autumn 1839 Head of Judas, Nysø96, preparatory work for A559.
Autumn 1839 Head of a bearded man, Nysø95, preparatory work for A559.
Autumn 1839 The Entry into Jerusalem, A559.
Autumn 1839 Perseus and Andromeda, A742.
Autumn 1839 - spring 1840 Christ on the Road to Calvary, A560.
1.9.1839 Køres fra Bregentved til Køge af Adam Wilhelm Moltke sammen med Carl Stampe (1806-1880) og H.C. Andersen. Fra Køge fortsættes til København.
2.9.1839 Besøg af Christian (8.) Frederik på Charlottenborg, mens udpakningen af gipser fra Rom står på.
2.9. - 4.9.1839 Overvåger udpakning og opstilling af gipsafstøbninger på Charlottenborg af antagelig både egne og antikke værker, der er ankommet fra Rom med korvetten Galathea.
4.9.1839 Besøger C.W. Eckersberg på Charlottenborg.
4.9.1839 Is godfather to H.N. Clausen’s daughter, Johanne Marie Elisabeth Clausen (1839-1918), in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen.
4.9.1839 Rejser fra København om aftenen til Nysø, efter udpakningen af gipser er overstået.
6.10.1839 Arrives in Copenhagen from Nysø.
8.10. - 11.10.1839 Attends a military manoeuvre in Copenhagen together with Christine and Henrik Stampe. Meets Frederik 6..
9.10.1839 Visits C.W. Eckersberg, who is working on the painting Thorvaldsen’s arrival in the Copenhagen roadstead, September 17th 1838, B217.
12.10.1839 Maximilian 1., cf. A128, is unveiled in the Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich.
15.10.1839 Goes to Nysø.
20.10.1839 The municipal authorities in Copenhagen adopt the final plans for the construction of Thorvaldsens Museum.
13.11.1839 Frederik 6. approves the final plans for the construction of Thorvaldsens Museum.
18.11.1839 Awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog as the first artist ever. Thorvaldsen, however, is not presented with the cross until the following day, his birthday 19.11.1839 at Nysø.
19.11.1839 Woman and Boy with Palm Branch, Nysø66.
19.11.1839 Thorvaldsen’s birthday is celebrated at Nysø with tableaux-vivants, singing, and dancing. The Stampe family, Johan Ferdinand de Neergaard, Wilhelm Matthiä, Benjamin Wolff and others are present.
21.11.1839 Arrival in Copenhagen. A short stay in order to thank Frederik 6. for the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog.
22.11.1839 Visits C.W. Eckersberg.
23.11.1839 Sees August Bournonville’s ballet The Festival in Albano in the Royal Theatre.
27.11.1839 Visits C.W. Eckersberg and pays 100 rix-dollars in advance for the painting Thorvaldsen’s arrival in the Copenhagen roadstead, September 17th 1838, B217.
Presumably 28.11.1839 Returns to Nysø from København.
End of November 1839 Short stay at Gisselfeld.
Not earlier than December 1839 Denmark, A550.
3.12.1839 Frederik 6. dies.
Not earlier than 3.12.1839 - beginning of January 1840 Frederik 6., A141.
5.12.1839 Thiele writes to Thorvaldsen immediately after the death of Frederik 6. and proposes that he create a monument to the late King. This proposal eventually results in Monument to Frederik 6. on the hill at Skanderborg Castle.
Completed 6.12.1839 Henriette Danneskiold-Samsøe, A215.
Completed 28.12.1839 Christ at Emmaus, Nysø18.
At the turn of 1839 - 40 The construction of Thorvaldsens Museum is begun.
End of 1839 Makes a draft for his coat of arms, which depicts the God Thor with his hammer, C559b, to be hung in Frederiksborg Castle. The device is Freedom and Love for the Fatherland. Cf. N152 and E2286.