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24.10.1797

Georg Zoëga

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Zoëga sends Thorvaldsen a parcel with some of the clothes the sculptor left behind after his visi...

Tidligst efteråret 1803

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Humboldt writes that Schubart and Moltke are coming to tea that evening and invites Thorvaldsen t...

17.11.1803

Baron Brown

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brown asks Thorvaldsen to forgive him for not being able to meet him as planned, since he is not ...

Medio august 1805

Conrad Rantzau

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Rantzau tells Thorvaldsen that he has sent a bill of exchange for 300 piastres to Rome through Zo...

4.5.1807

Accademia Italiana, Johann Paul Schulthesius

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is nominated honorary member of the Accademia Italiana. He is asked to forward his bi...

Tidligst 1809

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted invites Thorvaldsen to come and hear news from Greece.

Antagelig 7.6.1810

Christian 8.

Hans West

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

7.7.1810

Hans West

Christian 8.

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

29.7.1810

Hans West

Bertel Thorvaldsen

West forwards an invitation to dinner with the Prince of Holstein Oldenborg.

26.10.1810

Hans West

C.F. Høyer, Bertel Thorvaldsen

West tells Thorvaldsen and Høyer about his journey from Rome to Florence. The letter deals primar...

7.9.1811

Caroline von Humboldt

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Humboldt recommends the Prince of Anhalt-Pleß. She misses Rome. She writes about the development ...

Antagelig tidligst december 1811, antagelig senest februar 1815

Conrad Rantzau

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Rantzau asks Thorvaldsen to assist him in listing the works which he commissioned from Thorvaldse...

31.3.1812

Christian Daniel Rauch

Caroline von Humboldt

Thorvaldsen ser godt ud trods sine svære lidelser; han er i gang med at udføre frisen Alexander d...

24.11.1814

Gabriel Cortois de Pressigny

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

24.1.1815

Samuel Boddington

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

Probably April 1817

Luigi Chiaveri

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Chiaveri invites Thorvaldsen to dinner with Nicolaus Esterházy, who wants to make arrangements fo...

23.2.1818

Caroline von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

The artists from Casa Buti have invited Caroline von Humboldt to dinner on her birthday, and she ...

5.6.1818

Barthold Georg Niebuhr

Ludwig Nicolovius

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

24.12.1818

Frederik Schmidt

Frederik Schmidt

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

24.12.1818

B.S. Ingemann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

24.12.1818 (1894)

Peder Hjort

Olivia Catharine Rasbech

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

Possibly the first half of 1819

Thomson Bonar

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is invited for dinner at the Bonars.

4.1.1819

Franziska Caspers

Bertel Thorvaldsen

On behalf of Princess Grassalkovich, Caspers invites Thorvaldsen to supper the next day, i.e. 5.1...

Probably 5.1.1819

Katherine Sophie de Bray

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Katherine Sophie de Bray invites Thorvaldsen to dinner on Friday at 6:30 pm.

Antagelig 5.1.1819

Franziska Caspers

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Through Knudtzon, Caspers has heard that Thorvaldsen is going to the Vatican the same evening wit...

5.2.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Holger Halling Aagaard

Brøndsted writes that he sees Thorvaldsen every day. He praises Thorvaldsen’s latest works, Cupid...

13.2.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted asks Thorvaldsen to lend him a clock. He does not want to interfere in a matter concern...

Shortly before or 9.3.1819

Caroline von Humboldt

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Caroline von Humboldt invites Thorvaldsen to come and talk to her the same day; however, she is b...

30.3.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius called on "Christian Carl Friedrich August":/personer/christian-carl-friedric...

31.3.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius visited Thorvaldsen and saw him modelling Cupid and the Graces, cf. A29. Thorvaldsen ha...

3.4.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius celebrated his father’s birthday at the trattoria The Ermine, where Thorvaldsen was als...

13.4.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius visited the Galleria Borghese and Thorvaldsen’s workshop, which is overrun by with visi...

16.4.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius saw an exhibition of works by Scandinavian artists in the Palazzo Caffarelli in Rome, w...

27.4.1819

Friedrich August Emil

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Hermann Ernst Freund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Herman Schubart

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

C.A. Jensen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

N.C. Lunzi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Andreas Christian Gierlew

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Rud Bay

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Louis le Normand de Bretteville

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

B.S. Ingemann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Daniel Nicolas Bahrt

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Two greetings in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

NN, Frederik Carl Emil von Scholten

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Two greetings in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Peder Hjort, Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Two greetings in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Gustav Blücher-Altona

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A greeting in Thorvaldsen’s album.

27.4.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius visited Thorvaldsen’s workshop and in the afternoon went to La Storta for a big party o...

7.-10.5.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius’ diary describing a four-day hiking and horse riding trip to the Alban Hills with...

12.5.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Scavenius studied Barthold Georg Niebuhr’s Römische Geschichte and visited Thorvaldsen’s workshop.

25.5.1819

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Peder Brønnum Scavenius

Dinner at Scavenius’ house, where Thorvaldsen talked about Canova’s equestrian statue of Charles ...

28.7.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Marie Aagaard

Brøndsted tells Aagaard that Thorvaldsen has left Rome, which is good because there were so many ...

25.12.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted writes that he has been busy showing the newly arrived Royal Couple from Denmark around...

25.12.1819

Franziska Caspers

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Caspers suffers because she has not heard from Thorvaldsen. She often reads about him in the news...

25.12.1819

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

27.12.1819

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

28.12.1819

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

Antagelig tidligst 1820

Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaia

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Invitation to pay a visit between 1 and 6 p.m. to the Palazzino Sciarra, where Zinaida Volkonskai...

5.1.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

21.1.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

11.2.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

10.5.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

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

16.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Thorvaldsen has arrived in Rome that day and has tea in the evening with Christian (8.) Frederik ...

17.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Dinner with Thorvaldsen and other Danes in Rome.

Presumably 20.12.1820

P.O. Brøndsted

Marie Aagaard

Thorvaldsen was with Brøndsted while he wrote the letter and sends his regards.

21.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Dinner with Thorvaldsen and Claus Christian Bang.

24.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Celebrates Christmas Eve in the company of Thorvaldsen and other Danes in Rome. They have rice pu...

28.12.1820

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Thorvaldsen, who gets the idea of enlarging his professorial residence at the Academy of F...

2.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Dinner with Thorvaldsen and other Danes in Rome.

11.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Thorvaldsen is working on the bust of Christian (8.) Frederik, cf. A197.

28.1.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Plays host to a large company of noblemen and artists on the occasion of the Danish King Frederik...

30.1.1821

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...

14.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Thorvaldsen, who is working on the bust of Caroline Amalie, cf. A754.

25.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Dinner with Thorvaldsen, Vincenzo Camuccini, C.F. Rumohr, Wolf Heinrich Friedrich Karl von Baudis...

26.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Thorvaldsen and Rudolf Schadow model and others draw the beautiful Vittoria Caldoni, whom August ...

27.2.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Sends a drawing of his bust, cf. either A197 or A753, to Countess Pauline Escalon.

2.3.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Christian (8.) Frederik visits Thorvaldsen with an offer of a commission for Hermann Ernst Freund...

22.3.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Soirée with Wolf Heinrich Friedrich Karl von Baudissin, Friederica Juliane von Baudissin, Otto Fr...

30.3.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Visits Thorvaldsen and Joseph Anton Koch.

Ca. 1.4.1821

Christian 8.

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Invitation to dinner with Christian Frederik and Caroline Amalie 6.4.1821 on the occasion of thei...

2.4.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Has visited Thorvaldsen and is pleased with the sketch, Nysø34, for the statue of Caroline Amalie...

7.4.1821

Christian 8.

Christian 8.

Leaves Rome after a long visit. Thorvaldsen and other artists take leave of the royal couple at L...

20.6.1821

John Cam Hobhouse

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hobhouse introduces a Mr. Harris, who is going to study in Rome. Hobhouse expresses an ardent wis...

15.10.1821

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

1.12.1822

Francesco Tantini

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Mr. and Mrs. Tantini ask Thorvaldsen to make a plaster cast of the bust of their mutual friend, C...

1.12.1822

Cecilia Tantini

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Cecilia Tantini writes to convey Conrad Rantzau’s request to send his portrait bust, cf. A211, to...

Probably 1823

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Invitation from Brøndsted to Thorvaldsen.

2.2.1823

Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaia

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Invitation to a soirée the following day at Zinaida Volkonskaia’s, where the heroic opera T...

3.3.1823

Elisa Paulsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Elisa Thorvaldsen invites her father to her 10th birthday.

Antagelig 28.5.1824

Louise Salvage de Faverolles

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Salvage de Faverolles invites Thorvaldsen for dinner next Monday at her villa in Rome.

24.6.1824

Louise Salvage de Faverolles

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Salvage de Faverolles invites Thorvaldsen to come and see the illumination of St. Peter’s a...

21.12.1824

Maria Szymanowska

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Note from Szymanowska saying that she has a rehearsal at the Palazzo Ruspoli the same day. She en...

24.12.1824

Ludvig Bødtcher

Omnes

Bødtcher’s occasional poem for Christmas Eve 1824 in Rome.

Ca. 1.5.1825

Ludvig Bødtcher

Ludvig Bødtcher

Bødtcher describes the farewell party for J.M. Thiele and H.C. Holten, followed by a moonlight wa...

Antagelig 1826

William Haldimand

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

Possibly 1826

John Hay

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hay is vexed that Thorvaldsen has called in vain and asks him to come for dinner the following Mo...

Muligvis 1826

William Russell

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Russell would like to visit Thorvaldsen’s workshop with some English friends, Mr. and Mrs. ...

1826-1827 (1876)

N.C.L. Abrahams

Omnes

Abrahams’ recollections of his stay in Rome 1826-27.

28.1.1826

NN

Omnes

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

After 28.1.1826

Ludvig Bødtcher

Ludvig Bødtcher

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

Antagelig tidligst 1826 og senest 1838

John Hay

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hay invites Thorvaldsen to lunch on Friday at 5 p.m.

After 8.3.1826

Ludvig Bødtcher

Ludvig Bødtcher

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

9.7.1826

Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is invited to Sigismund von Neukomm’s birthday party.

Muligvis 1828

Harriet Cheney

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

1828

Redaktørerne ved Archiv for Psychologie, Historie, Literatur og Kunst

Omnes

The King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, visits Thorvaldsen’s, Pietro Tenerani’s, and Johann Martin von Wa...

12.4.1828

Mary Gaskell

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thorvaldsen is invited for lunch at the Gaskells.

30.5.1828

Friedrich August 2.

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

24.12.1828

Ludvig Bødtcher

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Song written for Thorvaldsen’s Christmas party.

Probably early 1829

Louise von Panhuys

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Panhuys invites Thorvaldsen to have dinner and to accompany her and her party on their visit to t...

28.1.1829

C.H. Lorenzen

Omnes

Sang i anledning af Frederik 6.s fødselsdag.

28.1.1829

C.H. Lorenzen

Omnes

Sang i anledning af Frederik 6.s fødselsdag.

24.12.1830

Christian Winther

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Song for Christmas in Rome 1830.

17.6.1831

Fritz Paulsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

An invitation to join a large party of Danes the same night for a visit to the Vatican, where the...

28.11.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has attended a magnificent ball given by Princess Anna Maria Torlonia, where he talked t...

29.11.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has been in a tavern in order to take leave of First Lieutenant A.W. Dinesen, who is lea...

18.2.1834

Franziska Caspers

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Caspers thinks of the times spent in Thorvaldsen’s company in Rome and hopes that their ties of f...

18.12.1834

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Helena Poninska

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

18. & 22.2.1835

C.C. Hall, F.M. Knuth

Frederik Barfod

Hall and Knuth tell Barfod about their stay in Rome. They have attended the farewell for Horace V...

2.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard describes her and her parents’ first visit to Thorvaldsen. He surpasses all their ...

6.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

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

12.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard writes about an excursion to the Forum Romanum with Fritz Petzholdt and Hans Pugga...

14.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard describes a merry pre-Christmas party for artists in Rome, where she tries to make...

25.12.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard describes a merry Christmas party in the company of Thorvaldsen and other Danes in...

11.1.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard writes about an excursion to Vigne Barberini in the company of the painters Friedr...

9.2.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard describes the preparations and the costumes for the fancy-dress ball in connection...

10.3.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard and Hans Puggaard have visited the painter Carl Werner and seen his watercolour of...

11.3.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard describes the preparations for Thorvaldsen’s Roman birthday 8.3.1836.

13.3.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard beskriver hendes egen og andres optræden til Thorvaldsens romerske fødselsdag 8.3....

26.3.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard beskriver en udflugt til Roms omegn. Folke- og kunstnerlivet beskrives indgående. ...

27.3.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard beretter om en udflugt til Roms omegn, om Thorvaldsens uventede opdukken og om den...

7.4.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

At an artists’ gathering in the evening, there was not room for Marie at the table, so she sat al...

22.4.1836

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

Marie Puggaard beretter kort om det sidste selskab i Rom, før familiens afrejse fra byen. Thorval...

20.2.1837

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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

6.5.1837

John Gibson

John Crouchley

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

1839 [1837]

A.F. Elmquist

Omnes

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

16.12.1839

Fanny Hensel

Rebekka Dirichlet

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

25.2.1840

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

Fragments of a letter which must have been written over several days because it first says that F...

August 1841

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 29th part of 60 in all.

August 1841

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 30th part of 60 in all.

September 1841

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 31th part of 60 in all.

September 1841

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 32th part of 60 in all.

23.9.1841

Benjamin Gibson

Edwin Keet

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

October 1841

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 33th part of 60 in all.

5.10.1841

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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

12.10.1841

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

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

31.10.1841

H.P. Holst

Viggo Thorvald Eddelien

Son for Thorvaldsen’s godchild.

November 1841–January 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 34th part of 60 in all.

December 1841

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 35th part of 60 in all.

4.12.1841

John Gibson

Margaret Sandbach

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

January-March 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 36th part of 60 in all.

Middle February 1842

George Washington Greene

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Greene invites Thorvaldsen to a celebration of George Washington’s birthday.

C. March 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 37th part of 60 in all.

March-April 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 40th part of 60 in all.

April 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 42th part of 60 in all.

C. May-June 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 41th part of 60 in all.

Maj-juni 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 43th part of 60 in all.

June 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 44th part of 60 in all.

Juni-oktober 1842

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 45th part of 60 in all.

1.7.1842

C.F. Holbech

Christine Stampe

Holbech’s report on Thorvaldsen’s life at the end of June 1842.

26.9.1842

C.F. Holbech

Christine Stampe

Holbech’s report on Thorvaldsen’s life July and August 1842.

2.6.1843

Angelo Bezzi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bezzi is in financial difficulties and asks Thorvaldsen to give him his statuette Dice Player, G2...

1875 (1833-34)

Ludvig Zeuthen

Omnes

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