Comment on 13.2.1797
Because of the war in Europe, Thorvaldsens’s original plan to go by land was rejected. On A.P. Bernstorff’s recommendation, Thorvaldsen got permission from the Admiralty to travel on board the frigate Thetis, which was going on a peace mission to the Mediterranean, see the related article about the Thetis. The frigate was to discharge Thorvaldsen in a suitable harbour, from where he was to make his own way to Rome, cf. Thiele I, p. 47.
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