Comment on 11.8.1804
This bust of Homer is not known today and must not be confused with Thorvaldsen’s own copy of an antique: Homer, A751, from 1799. It was probably the copy of Homer which Theodor von der Ropp had commissioned orally from Thorvaldsen, presumably in the spring of 1804, cf. letter from Ropp to Thorvaldsen dated 30.8.1804. In addition to the bust of Homer, Ropp’s commission included seven more busts of antiques, see the related article about Ropp’s Commission 1804-05 for more about this and the list of Lost Works by Thorvaldsen.
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