The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

 
No. 5247 of 10219
Sender Date Recipient
Samuel Morse [+]

Sender’s Location

Rom

Information on sender

Morses romerske adresse står skrevet nederst i brevet: Via de’ Prefetti No. 17.

5.7.1830 [+]

Dating based on

Dateringen fremgår af brevet.

Bertel Thorvaldsen [+]

Recipient’s Location

Rom

Information on recipient

Ingen udskrift.

Abstract

Morse informs Thorvaldsen that he is leaving for Naples but will return to Rome in September or October, at which time he wants to portay Thorvaldsen.

See Original

To the Cavalier Thorwaldsen,
My dear Sir,

I had hoped to have the pleasure of painting your portrait, (for which you were so good as to consent to sit,) before I left Rome for Naples, but the weather is becoming so oppressively warm, and there being a party of friends about to travel the same road, I have consented to join them, and hope to return to Rome in September or October; I, therefore, beg you will allow me, then to claim the fulfilment of your kind promise.
What a barrier, my dear Sir, is difference of language to social intercourse! I never felt the curse that befel the architects of Babel so sensibly as now, since as one of the effects of their folly I am debarred from the gratification and instruction I had promised myself in being known to you. –

With the greatest respect

July 5th. 1830 Y. Mo. ob. servr.
via de’ Prefetti Sam. F. B. Morse. – No. 17.  
General Comment

Morse mødte Thorvaldsen ved et middagsselskab 16.4.1831, jf. Morse, op.cit, p. 348. De to blev gode venner, og billedhuggeren lovede straks, at han ville sidde model for et portrætmaleri. Som det fremgår her, blev portrætmaleriet imidlertid først påbegyndt efter, at Morse en tid havde opholdt sig i Napoli. Helt præcist fremgår datoen af Morses dagbog, nemlig 20.9.1831, jf. Morse, op.cit, p. 400.
Portrættet blev solgt, men generhvervedes senere af Morse, som forærede det til den danske kongefamilie, i hvis samlinger værket endnu befinder sig.

Archival Reference
m15 1830, nr. 105
Thiele
Ikke omtalt hos Thiele.
Other references

  • Samuel F. B. Morse: Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals, Boston 1914, Vol. 1, p. 348. og p. 400.

Subjects
Portraits, Depicting Thorvaldsen
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