Comment on 7.12.1804
Thorvaldsen is here referring to his illness in 1803-04. He suffered from constipation, which developed into hemorrhoids, and this passage is one of the few places where the illness is mentioned directly. See more about this in Thorvaldsen’s Illness 1803-04.
As appears in the following sentence, it was apparently common to relieve the pains by riding.
Last updated 13.07.2015