The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 23.9.1806

I.e. Thorvaldsen’s bust of the Danish doctor Mathias Saxtorph, A899, which the Danish-German doctor Poul Scheel had commissioned from Thorvaldsen after Saxtorph’s death, see more about this in the related article Saxtorph’s Bust.
There was a lively correspondence between Scheel and Thorvaldsen about the bust, which was not sent home immediately, however, but only arrived in Copenhagen with Thorvaldsen’s other works in 1838 and only then was delivered to the family.
In one of the drafts of this letter, Thorvaldsen writes the following: “… together with Saxtorph’s bust which between us I have not made myself …” Regarding the authorship of the bust, see the related article mentioned above.

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