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23.8.1796

Nicolai Abildgaard, Jens Juel, København Kunstakademiet, Peter Meyn

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts instructs Thorvaldsen on the terms of his travelling grant....

17.1.-14.2.1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen’s diary from his sojourn in Malta, Palermo and Naples.

13.2.1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

København Kunstakademiet

Thorvaldsen’s first report to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts since his departure from Cope...

Ultimo 1797

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen’s draft of his first report to Abildgaard on his activities in Rome. He has visited t...

5.1.1798

Bertel Thorvaldsen

København Kunstakademiet

Thorvaldsen reports to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts that he has studied Rome and its sur...

12.10.1799

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen thanks Abildgaard for his support. He tells him that many of the Roman art collection...

3.12.1799

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard reports that the works Thorvaldsen sent to Copenhagen have arrived safely. He complime...

4.4.1800

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen has received Abildgaard’s latest letter and thanks him for everything he does to prom...

21.7.1800

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard relates that some people in Copenhagen have accused Thorvaldsen of being lazy in Rome,...

24.10.1800

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen reports that the transportation of two crates with artworks bound for the Royal Danis...

4.10.1801

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard informs Thorvaldsen that the last instalment of his travelling grant has been sent to ...

Antagelig april 1802

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Jørgen West

Thorvaldsen complains that he has not received any letter for a long time.

24.5.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley informs Thorvaldsen about his illness. He has to visit the spas on the island of Ischia. ...

27.9.1803

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is sorry that Thorvaldsen has been ill, but he is happy that the sculptor has found lodgi...

25.2.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen apologizes for his long silence due to an illness which has left him incapable of wor...

25.2.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

First draft of a letter: Thorvaldsen apologizes for his long silence due to an illness which has ...

5.4.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley has been well and ill by turns all winter. He will not be able to come to Rome until he h...

10.4.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is not sure if Thorvaldsen received his last letter and writes more or less the same thin...

Juni-primo juli 1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

J.L. Lund

Thorvaldsen asks Lund to deliver a letter from him to Maria Zoëga. He has remained in Florence an...

Efter 9. og før 16.7.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

J.L. Lund

Thorvaldsen is happy that J.L. Lund has had his grant prolonged so that he can stay in Rome for a...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Second draft of a letter: Thorvaldsen informs Abildgaard that he has been seriously ill. He asks ...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

First draft of a letter: Thorvaldsen tells Abildgaard how devastated he was when he received the ...

6.8.1804

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Thorvaldsen informs Abildgaard that he has been seriously ill. He asks Abildgaard’s permission to...

16.9.1804

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley is planning to remain near Naples until the middle of October and then go to Rome. He wri...

29.12.1804

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard recommends the bearer of the letter, Carl Christian Seydewitz, to Thorvaldsen. He comm...

9.3.1805

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley suggests having Gotskalk Thorvaldsen admitted to Vartov, an institution for the poor. Sta...

16.8.1805

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley teases Thorvaldsen because he has not heard from him for a long time, but suddenly a lett...

24.8.1805

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley has received a letter from the mayor of Copenhagen concerning Gotskalk Thorvaldsen’...

30.8.1805

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley ironically describes his amazement at having received two letters from Thorvaldsen. He al...

Efter 21.9.1805

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Fragment of a draft letter: Thorvaldsen informs Schubart that he is coming to Rome after two days...

23.9.1806

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

Second draft of a letter: Thorvaldsen has received payment for the three catalogue volumes of the...

23.9.1806

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicolai Abildgaard

First draft of a letter: Thorvaldsen has received payment for the three catalogue volumes of the ...

30.1.1807

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen thanks Schubart for a bill of exchange. He has had financial problems because the war...

21.2.1807

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen has received commissions from C.F. Hansen and the Building Commission for Christiansb...

Antagelig 5.-7.10.1807

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen declines the invitation to Montenero.

17.7.1808

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lund’s receipt for a loan of 50 scudi from Thorvaldsen

20.8.1808

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen cannot come to Montenero because he is waiting for a final answer regarding a commiss...

Ca. 1812

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

Thorvaldsen puts in a good word for the engagement of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Laura Zoë...

Antagelig tidligst forår 1812

Bertel Thorvaldsen

NN

Thorvaldsen admits that the addressee has every reason to be angry with him.

23.8.1813

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

13.11.1813

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

Sandsynligvis 18.11.1813

David Ferdinand Koreff

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Koreff teases Thorvaldsen for not having written or sent the drawings he had promised. He asks th...

19.11.1814

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

11.2.1815

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

5.8.1815

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

2.11.1815

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

2.1.1816

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

1.2.1816

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

27.4.1816

C.W. Eckersberg

J.F. Clemens

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

Efter 21.5.1816

C.W. Eckersberg

O.O. Bagge

The commentary to this document is not available at the moment.

Antagelig tidligst oktober 1817, senest september 1819

John Gibson

Omnes

Gibson retells an anecdote about Thorvaldsen, the painter Peter von Cornelius, and a number of sc...

16.3.1818

Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom

Erik Gustaf Geijer

The orientation of the Nazarenes towards the past is explained in terms of a speculative German n...

1.4.1818

C.W. Eckersberg

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Eckersberg takes advantage of the departure of the Nymph from Copenhagen to send greetings to Tho...

22.11.1818

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Workshop accounts for one or several weeks in November 1818.

2.1.1819

François-Joseph Navez

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Navez thanks Thorvaldsen for lending him a bust. He asks for another one or a basrelief to make d...

31.7.1819

Heinrich Keller

Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen

Keller reports that the small model for the monument to the Swiss guards in Lucerne, cf. Dying Li...

3.12.1819

Hermann Ernst Freund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Freund tells Thorvaldsen about the progress of work in the workshop in Rome. He mentions the work...

25.12.1819

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

1.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Dinner with Vincenzo Camuccini, Thorvaldsen, C.F. Rumohr, and Luigi Godard. He has received trans...

15.10.1821

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted invites Thorvaldsen to accompany him on visits to collections of antiques.

16.3.1822

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Imprisoned at Frederiksten fortress, Hans Henrik Gunnerus writes to Thorvaldsen with an appeal fo...

16.3.1822

Johann Martin von Wagner

Leo von Klenze

20.4.1822

Franz Erwein von Schönborn

Johann Martin von Wagner

24.5.1822

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Thorvaldsen responds to Gunnerus’ letter of 16.3.1822. He feels sympathy for Gunnerus and his unh...

28.11.1822

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The letter is a repetition of the letter dated 21.7.1822, which Thorvaldsen has not answered. Lun...

21.2.1824

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gunnerus informs Thorvaldsen that he has handed over his deed of gift of 24.5.1822 and the owners...

19.3.1824

Pietro Benvenuti

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Benvenuti recommends the young Italian sculptor Ranieri Bartolini to Thorvaldsen and hopes that t...

9.8.1825

A. Andersen Feldborg

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Andersen Feldborg gives Thorvaldsen his book Denmark Delineated, probably @M653. He writes that J...

19.6.1827

Giambattista Bassi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bassi acknowledges receipt of payment for the two paintings, Forest Track, B62, and Ruins at Foru...

4.7.1827

Ditlev Martens

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Martens has returned from Sicily and Calabria and sends a detailed account of his journey. In spi...

18.1.1828

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavns flyvende Post

Omnes

The commentary for this document is not available at the moment.

Antagelig 26.6.1828

H.W. Bissen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bissen recounts his journey on foot to Florence and mentions that he has seen Thorvaldsen’s Chris...

8.1.1829

Frederik Ferdinand Friis

Just Mathias Thiele

4.5.1829

Christian Horneman

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hornemann reports the latest gossip from the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and about their m...

5.5.1830

Magnus Theodor Moltke

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Magnus Moltke writes that his father, A.G.D. Moltke, has given him his bust, A212, and Angelika K...

5.7.1830

Samuel Morse

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Morse informs Thorvaldsen that he is leaving for Naples but will return to Rome in September or O...

6.10.1830

Ditlev Martens

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Three receipts for money received from Thorvaldsen for one or more paintings for Joseph Hambro.

26.10.1830

J.C. Dahl

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen’s bust of Dahl, A229, has finally arrived in Dresden. Dahl writes that a crate with t...

1831

Rembrandt Peale

Omnes

Peale describes his impression of Thorvaldsen, his works, and his studio practice. He is critical...

27.6.1831

H.W. Bissen

Just Mathias Thiele

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

24.4.1832

John Stevens Cogdell

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

12.1.1833

C.F. Hansen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hansen hopes to see Thorvaldsen and his works for Christiansborg Palace and the Church of Our Lad...

18.11.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen describes a Ponte Molle party that he attended with Thorvaldsen and other German and Sca...

Antagelig 1834-1838

Jørgen Sonne

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Sonne acknowledges receipt of payment for a painting, either A Battlefield on the Morning after a...

12.9.1834

Giovanni de Angelis

Ditlev Blunck

The commentary for this accounting is not available at the moment.

5.10.1834

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke

A written confirmation that two works of art in Thorvaldsen’s collection in Copenhagen – the pain...

Antagelig 20.6.1835

Maria Callcott

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Callcott introduces her cousin, Captain Dundas, and his wife and asks Thorvaldsen to show them th...

Juli 1835

Maria Callcott

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A dedication to Thorvaldsen.

5.7.1835

Maria Callcott

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Callcott remembers that Thorvaldsen addressed her as “friend” in Danish and asked her to write. S...

6.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard writes about an excursion in the company of Danish artists to Tivoli east of Rome....

14.12.1835

J.C. Dahl

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A recommendation of the sculptor Wolf von Hoyer and news about Dahl’s failing health.

3.9.1839

Johan Bravo

Jonas Collin

The commentary for this list is not available at the moment.

30.9.1839

Vincenzo Camuccini

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

25.12.1839

Daniel Huntington

John P. Ridner

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

19.9.1841

Abram Teerlink

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

12.10.1841

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

25.1.1842

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

The commentary for this letter is not available at the moment.

Efter 1.2.1842, senest 15.2.1842

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Christian 8.

Sixth draft of the letter dated 15.2.1842. The draft is considerably longer than the final letter.

21.5.1842

J.V. Gertner

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gertner tells Thorvaldsen about his participation in the competition for the gold medal of the Ac...

Sandsynligvis sommeren 1842

Marie Lehmann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Marie Puggaard is impatient for news from Thorvaldsen and hopes that he will remain in Rome until...