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1805 Begins a sculpture, Mars and Venus, later reworked as Mars Bringing Peace, cf. D174, which in turn becomes the starting point for Mars and Cupid, A7.
Presumably 1810 Venus, Mars and Cupid in Vulcan’s Smithy, A419.
Presumably 1814 Venus, Mars and Cupid in Vulcan’s Smithy, A420, reworked version of A419.
Not later than 15.3.1816 Jørgen Knudtzon and Alexander Baillie commission the marble relief Venus, Mars and Cupid in Vulcan’s Smithy, cf. A419, today at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.
Not later than 12.8.1821 Christian (8.) Frederik commissions a table decoration in bronze of Thorvaldsen’s: Mercury about to Kill Argus, cf. A5, Venus with the Apple, cf. A12, Cupid Triumphant, cf. A22, Cupid and the Graces, cf. A29, Hebe, cf. A39, Jason with the Golden Fleece , cf. 52, Adonis, cf. A53, Mars Bringing Peace, cf. D174, Shepherd Boy, cf. A177, Dancing Girl, cf. A178, and Pietro Tenerani’s: Psiche abbandonata.
Not earlier than 12.8.1821 - not later than 10.5.1825 Christian 8.’s table decoration is cast by Wilhelm Hopfgarten: Mercury about to Kill Argus, cf. A5, Venus with the Apple, cf. A12, Cupid Triumphant, cf. A22, Cupid and the Graces, cf. A29, Hebe, cf. A39, Jason with the Golden Fleece , cf. 52, Adonis, cf. A53, Mars Bringing Peace, cf. D174, Dancing Girl, cf. A178, and Pietro Tenerani’s: Psiche abbandonata.
Presumably 1837 Venus, Mars and Cupid in the Smithy of Vulcan, cf. A419, commissioned in marble by Alessandro Torlonia. Now in the inner courtyard of the Palazzo Giraud-Torlonia, Rome.
Not later than April 1838 Vulcan, A8 in marble is begun in Thorvaldsen’s Roman workshop. The statue was later transported to Copenhagen and completed 1861.
Originally planned as a never realized decoration inside Christiansborg Palace consisting of Vulcan, and versions of Mars and Cupid, cf. A6, and Venus with the Apple, cf. A853.