Comment on 23.9.1806
Thorvaldsen is referring to Abildgaard’s latest letter of 14.8.1806, in which the professor wrote: “… you shall shortly receive 100 rix-dollars D.C. as part-payment of Baden’s bust …” The bust was priced at 200 rix-dollars.
Thorvaldsen had already asked for an advance in his letter of 18.6.1806, and he must have been really short of money as his request here is unusually explicit. It is not known when Thorvaldsen received payment for the bust, but it must have been not later than 1825, when the bust was finally sent to Denmark and delivered to the Baden family, cf. no 49 in letter of 2.7.1825.
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