The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

 
No. 375 of 10185
Sender Date Recipient
Bertel Thorvaldsen [+]

Sender’s Location

Montenero

Information on sender

Del af vandmærke langs papirets nederste kant: “[...]Y & Pickering 9[...]”

Efter 16.7. og senest 6.8.1804 [+]

Dating based on

Brevudkastet må være skrevet efter modtagelsen af Lunds brev af 13.7.1804, der omtaler Lunds udlæg for Thorvaldsen, dvs. tidligst 16.7.1804 pga. postgangen fra Montenero til Rom, der tog minimum et par dage, se evt. postekspeditionstider. Thorvaldsen sendte brev til Lund den 6.8.1804, hvorfor udkastet senest skal dateres til denne dato.

J.L. Lund [+]

Recipient’s Location

Rom

Abstract

Thorvaldsen asks Lund to take care of his studio while he is gone. He thanks him for having assisted him in a financial matter but asks him not to give anyone any more money. Thorvaldsen tells him that he has modelled a bust of Herman Schubart, A718.

See Original [Translation]

[Med sortkridt:]
Vel De være saa god og see lidt efter mit Studio at der ingen Skade skeer

[Med pen:]
Tak skal De have for den udlagte Summe, og beder Dem ikke at give mere til nogen for det første. vil De være af den Godhed og see lidt imellem efter mit værgsted, at der ikke kommer noget tilskadte[.] Jeg har modellert Hr Baron

General Comment

The draft is one of five that Thorvaldsen tried to complete this summer, see drafts of:

The number of letters clearly shows how many times Thorvaldsen could try to get a letter ready to be sent off before he succeeded. See the related article about Thorvaldsen’s Spoken and Written Language regarding this.

Below the draft there is a sketch of a Bacchus with a thyrsus (sketch of Bacchus, A2); on the left and at an angle of 90o to this, there is a group of one sitting and two standing figures (according to Dyveke Helsted’s catalogue of drawings in Thorvaldsens Museum, this may be a sketch for Priam Pleads with Achilles for Hector’s Body, A492).

On the verso three loose sketches:
Cupid Offering Bacchus a Sweet Drink (probably a sketch for Cupid and Bacchus, A408, a subject which Thorvaldsen took up again in 1807, when he gave Herman Schubart a drawing of it, C715, cf. Schubart’s letter of 16.1.1807 and Thiele II, p. 73);

• below this, a group of dancing figures and a man playing the lyre (probably a sketch for The Dance of the Muses on Helicon, A705, Thorvaldsen gave Jacqueline Schubart the model of this relief on her birthday 10.9.1804, cf. Thiele I, p. 245-246 and indirectly in a letter of 4.9.1804”:/dokumenter/m30II,nr.4 from Herman Schubart to C.F.F. Stanley);

• besides, one standing and one sitting figure (the sketches together are called Bacchus and other subjects, C50r and C50v).

Archival Reference
C50r
Document Type
Draft, autograph
Thiele
Ikke omtalt hos Thiele.
Subjects
Montenero · Portrait Busts, Contemporary Persons · Letter of Thanks from Thorvaldsen · Thorvalden's Assistants · Thorvaldsen's Workshops · Thorvaldsen's Workshop Practice · Thorvaldsen's Financial Circumstances
Persons
Herman Schubart
Works
Last updated 26.05.2015 Print