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Thorvaldsen's Helpfulness

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Antagelig marts 1797

Peter Kauffmann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Short message from Peter Kauffmann to Thorvaldsen.

10.3.1801

C.H. Anckarsvärd

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Anckarsvärd thanks Thorvaldsen for their friendship in Rome and asks him to arrange the transport...

Ultimo april 1804

Adam Gottlob Detlef Moltke

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Moltke asks Thorvaldsen for the address of the German architects Gottlieb Steinmeyer and Karl Fri...

11.8.1804

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lund thanks Thorvaldsen for his letter and looks forward to their reunion in Rome. He informs Tho...

24.4.1805

C.F.F. Stanley

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stanley asks Thorvaldsen to help him with some sculptural decorations for some of his architectur...

14.8.1806

Nicolai Abildgaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Abildgaard informs Thorvaldsen that he will receive his salary as a professor of the Royal Academ...

1.9.1806

Johann Heinrich Wulffen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Wulffen writes that it is impossible to get good cigars at the moment. However, he promises to ge...

Efter 14.6.1807

Carl Gotthard Grass

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Grass describes his arrival at the town of Treia and his negative impression of the local inhabit...

Efter 15.6.1807

Carl Gotthard Grass

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Carl Grass has heard that Baron Schubart has brought him a small parcel with papers and asks Thor...

17.7.1808

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

8.8.1810

Friederike Brun

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A list of the objects that Friederike Brun leaves in storage with Thorvaldsen.

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...

30.12.1810

Wilhelm Friedrich Gmelin

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Receipt of payment for three engravings by W.F. Gmelin after Claude Lorrain, sent to Count Adam G...

22.5.1811

C.R.W. Wiedemann

Bertel Thorvaldsen

C.R.W. Wiedemann asks Thorvaldsen to execute a monument to his niece Auguste Böhmer, A700-A703. T...

18.8.1811

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Schelling thanks Thorvaldsen for accepting the commision for Monument to Auguste Böhmer, A700-A70...

5.10.1811

Christian Daniel Rauch

Caroline von Humboldt

Rauch fortæller, at Wilhelm Schadow sammen med Gottlieb Schick har forladt Rom. Rudolf Schadow er...

11.10.1811

Christian Daniel Rauch

Caroline von Humboldt

Rauch beretter, at Rudolf Schadow er ankommet til Berlin i en sørgelig forfatning. Thorvaldsen ha...

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...

Ca. 1812

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Herman Schubart

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

7.2.1812

Henrik Vilhelm Lundbye

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lundbye’s receipt for a loan of 50 scudi.

18.4.1812

Henrik Vilhelm Lundbye

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lundbye writes to Thorvaldsen from Leghorn. He brings news about Danish friends there and regrets...

26.9.1814

Heinrich Kohlrausch

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kohlausch apologizes for not having written sooner. He has been busy with his work as a doctor in...

2.12.1815

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted advises Thorvaldsen to return to Denmark, at least for a year. He encloses letters for ...

19.3.1816

Jørgen Knudtzon

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Knudtzon asks Thorvaldsen to buy some antique objects for his friend Alexander Baillie and to res...

18.2.1817

P.O. Brøndsted

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brøndsted wonders why he has had no answer to the commission for a monument transmitted in his la...

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...

12.7.1819

P.O. Brøndsted

Holger Halling Aagaard

Brøndsted sends his letter and a small box to Denmark with Thorvaldsen. He recommends Thorvaldsen...

19.7.1820

Henrik Vilhelm Lundbye

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lundbye thanks Thorvaldsen for his promise to perform a task for him in Italy. He asks Thorvaldse...

24.12.1820

Elisabetta Catalani Marini

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Through Thorvaldsen, Marini has received 4,30 gold sequins from her sister, the opera singer Ange...

1.4.1821

Christian 8.

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Certificate of indebtedness. Christian (8.) Frederik borrows 9000 scudi at an annual interest of ...

13.4.1821

Paolo Cremaschi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Letter of thanks to Thorvaldsen for his support to the deceased sculptor Domenico Castellani̵...

8.9.1821

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

14.3.1822

Jacob Ludwig Salomo Bartholdy

Johann Martin von Wagner

Bartholdy skriver vedr. Franz Erwein von Schönborns bestilling af en Bacchus-statue hos den nylig...

16.3.1822

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

19.3.1822

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

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...

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...

6.7.1822

Johann Martin von Wagner

Franz Erwein von Schönborn

Wagner beklager sin forsinkede melding vedr. fuldførelsen af Rudolf Schadows efterladte Bacchus-s...

21.7.1822

J.L. Lund

Bertel Thorvaldsen

J.L. Lund is going to send one of his paintings to Thorvaldsen. He encloses a letter from Øllegaa...

21.8.1822

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gunnerus thanks Thorvaldsen for the donation of the relief Caritas, cf. A598. Gunnerus has approa...

14.9.1822

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

24.9.1822

Redaktørerne ved Fyens Stiftstidende

Omnes

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26.4.1823

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gunnerus writes that he still has not heard from the German baron and financier Nathan Mayer von ...

23.5.1823

Gerhard Stub

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gerhard Stub informs Thorvaldsen that he has received a painting of the town of Trondheim sent by...

21.7.1823

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Nicola Maria Nicolai

Thorvaldsen asks Nicolai to help him settle a legal matter for his assistant Pietro Tenerani. A b...

9.8.1823

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gunnerus thanks Thorvaldsen once again for his donation of the relief Caritas, cf. A598. Gunnerus...

23.8.1823

Søren Jørgensen Breder

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

The clergyman Søren Jørgensen Breder describes Hans Henrik Gunnerus as an honest man and a loving...

1.9.1823

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

From prison Gunnerus requests that the relief Caritas, cf. A598, be sold as quickly as possible. ...

6.9.1823

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

14.12.1823

J.L. Lund, Øllegaard Lundegaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Lund has paid 60 rix-dollars of the pension which Thorvaldsen gave Øllegaard Lundgaard 1822-1824....

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

Gerhard Stub

Hermann Ernst Freund

Gerhard Stub replies to Freund’s letter of 3.11.1823. He informs him that the relief Caritas, cf....

26.4.1824

Rasmine Kirchheiner

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Charity from Thorvaldsen requested in support of the son of the deceased Øllegaard Lundegaard.

8.5.1824

NN

Omnes

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29.1.1825

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gunnerus tells Thorvaldsen that time is running out. In the past three years since Thorvaldsen do...

19.2.1825

Hans Henrik Gunnerus

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gunnerus has heard that the relief Caritas, cf. A598, will arrive in Copenhagen from Leghorn the ...

26.2.1825

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

24.9.1825

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Most of Thorvaldsen’s artworks have arrived safely in Copenhagen though some of the plaster...

August 1826 - Spring 1827

Carsten Hauch

Omnes

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1.4.1826

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Payment of the biannual interest of 225 scudi on the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Fre...

16.1.1827

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Request for deferred payment of the loan of 9000 scudi, which Christian (8.) Frederik took from T...

2.2.1827

Wilhelm 1.

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Thanking Thorvaldsen for his guidance of a group of Württembergian sculptors in Rome, Wilhelm I a...

Senest 4.2.1827

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Christian 8.

Third draft letter dated 4.2.1827.

Senest 4.2.1827

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Christian 8.

Fifth draft letter dated 4.2.1827.

13.6.1827

NN

Omnes

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

12.1.1828

Jonas Collin

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Jonas Collin informs Thorvaldsen that he has sent a bill of exchange to H.E. Freund care of Consu...

22.1.1828

Andrea Pozzi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Pozzi asks if he may borrow a painting which Thorvaldsen owns, Praying Virgin, B16, as the bearer...

20.2.1828

Anna Potocka

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Anna Potocka mentions that she wrote to Thorvaldsen from Vienna five months ago but received no a...

20.3.1828

Conrad Rantzau

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Rantzau asks Thorvaldsen for help in connection with Prince Frederik’s (7.) impending visit to Ro...

12.8.1828

Johan Gunder Adler

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Adler is surprised that Thorvaldsen has not yet claimed the money which Christian (8.) Frederik h...

20.12.1828

Louise von Panhuys

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Panhuys asks Thorvaldsen to lend her his painting of the fountain in front of St. Peter’s Basilic...

24.12.1828

Dudley Coutts Stuart

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Stuart asks Thorvaldsen to give him some prints.

Antagelig senest primo marts 1829

Carlo Poggi

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Poggi anmoder Thorvaldsen om arbejde, efter at et helt års genvordigheder har sat ham i en fortvi...

14.4.1829

Ditlev Martens

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Account of a theft in Thorvaldsen’s home at the end of February 1829. Martens describes his own m...

20.4.1829

Conrad Rantzau

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Rantzau thanks Thorvaldsen for his help during his and Prince Frederik’s (7.) visit to Rome in 18...

9.5.1829

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Johan Gunder Adler

Thorvaldsen announces that he now needs some of the 9000 Roman scudi which Christian (8.) Frederi...

Senest 9.5.1829

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Johan Gunder Adler

Third and last draft of the letter dated 9.5.1829.

Senest 9.5.1829

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Johan Gunder Adler

First and second draft of the letter dated 9.5.1829.

20.5.1829

Christian Horneman

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Hornemann recommends the composer Frølich, who intends to spend a year in Italy. He does not like...

29.7.1829

Eduard Gerhard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Gerhard asks to borrow a fragment of an antique vase belonging to Thorvaldsen, H597. The fragment...

18.1.1830

H.W. Bissen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Ill and in pecuniary distress, H.W. Bissen asks Thorvaldsen for his permission to execute a marbl...

17.3.1830

NN

Omnes

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28.3.1830

Ferdinand Flor

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Flor thanks Thorvaldsen for a flattering letter and tells him about his stay in London.

2.5.1830

NN

Omnes

17.5.1830

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten

Omnes

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19.6.1830

François-Joseph Navez

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Navez asks Thorvaldsen to receive Adolphe Quetelet in his workshop.

11.11.1830

Redaktørerne ved Kjøbenhavnsposten, NN

Omnes

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Antagelig tidligst 14.8., senest omkring 1.12.1831

Giuseppe Mugnoz

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Mugnoz asks Thorvaldsen for financial assistance as he is ill and cannot support himself. In retu...

14.8.1831

Giuseppe Mugnoz

Accademia di S. Luca

Mugnoz has taken the advice of several artists and applied to the Academy in the hope of obtainin...

Presumably not earlier than Christmas 1831

Giuseppe Mugnoz

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Mugnoz lover ikke at belemre Thorvaldsen igen før til påske, men han har akut brug for understøtt...

Senest 4.1.1832

G. Christen

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Christen thanks Thorvaldsen for letting his brother, the sculptor Raphael Christen, work with him...

Antagelig tidligst forår 1832

Giuseppe Mugnoz

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Mugnoz asks Thorvaldsen for financial assistance to support his three children. Mugnoz’ wif...

Antagelig tidligst sommer 1832

Giuseppe Mugnoz

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Mugnoz, who is probably dying, asks Thorvaldsen to assist his children financially.

Antagelig omkring 1833

Matilde Malewski

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...

7.5.1833

Friederike Brun

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Brun is suffering, she has no hope of recovery and wants to die, but she looks forward to seeing ...

24.8.1833

Fortunato Magnani

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Magnani acknowledges receipt of three scudi on behalf of his little sister Angela Magnani as an a...

24.8.1833

Luigi Bienaimé

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

5.12.1833

H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen

Andersen has been given a theatre ticket by Thorvaldsen and has been running around in vain, tryi...

Tidligst 1835, senest 1836

Familien Bouchard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The female members of the Bouchard family ask Thorvaldsen to remember that there are vacant rooms...

2.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

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

12.11.1835

Marie Lehmann

Marie Lehmann

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

20.11.1835

Antonio Tosti

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Tosti regrets that he cannot get a place for the widow Frattesi’s handicapped son in the school a...

8.1.1836

Horace Vernet

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Vernet sends the letter with an old friend. He has previously asked Brodowski to take a letter to...

30.4.1836

Marie Lehmann, Bolette Puggaard, Hans Puggaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

The Puggaard family have arrived in Naples, where they have beautiful lodgings with a view of Ves...

10.7.1836

Hans Puggaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Puggaard hopes that Thorvaldsen will manage to visit him and his family before their impending de...

22.9.1837

Wilhelm Fredric A. Dalman

Omnes

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

Oktober til december 1837

NN

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

19.12.1837

Hans Puggaard

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Puggaard is impatient for news from Thorvaldsen. He reminds him to send the marble relief The Gra...

Antagelig 1838

L? Sievert

Bertel Thorvaldsen

A warm letter of thanks from Sievert. He has been ill for a month, which is why he has not been a...

12.5.1838

Cesare Buti

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

9.6.1838

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Horace Vernet

Thorvaldsen regrets that he has not been able to pass through Paris and see the works that Vernet...

30.6.1838

Ditlev Blunck

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Blunck borrows a sum of 100 Roman scudi from Thorvaldsen and repays it. Another 50 scudi seems no...

16.7.1838

Catarina Benaglia

Bertel Thorvaldsen

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

Antagelig efter 17.9.1838

Johane Sommer

Bertel Thorvaldsen

An infirm woman with an invalid daughter begs Thorvaldsen to help her by buying one of her works.

8.5.1841

Cathrine Elisabeth Kurtzhals

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Kurtzhals beder Thorvaldsen om hjælp til sin datter og hendes forlovede, så de kan blive gift.

13.5.1841

Carl Richardt

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Richardt asks Thorvaldsen to buy one of his paintings so that he can get money to go to Norway, w...

7.11.1842

Lars Peter Robert

Bertel Thorvaldsen

An old, sick and blind sailor asks Thorvaldsen for charity.

13.12.1842

Anna Helene Hall

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Anne Helene Hall, who knows Thorvaldsen from her youth, asks the sculptor to donate a baptismal f...

25.10.1843

Peter Panum

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Panum’s receipt for 100 rix-dollars for two landscapes by Jens Juel.

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

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

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

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

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

The script of Christine Stampe’s memoirs on Thorvaldsen. This is the 38th part of YY in all.The c...

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

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

C. 1844-1845

Christine Stampe

Omnes

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

11.8.1844

Anna Maria Uhden

Eksekutorerne for Thorvaldsens bo

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