The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

No. 10217 of 10246
Sender Date Recipient
John Gibson [+]

Sender’s Location


February 1860 [+]

Dating based on

Dateringen fremgår af brevet.

Henry Sandbach [+]

Recipient’s Location

Antagelig Hafodunos, Llangernyw


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

February 1860 Rome

[...] I will mention to you a bassorilievo which would do for your rotunda among the classical statues. It represents Eteocles and Polynices going to fight a duel whilst their mother Jocasta is between them endeavouring to pacify them. Several years ago when Marshal Marmont came to my studio when he stood before this bassorilievo he said that it was the finest thing which I had done. Such works might be executed in the grey marble which costs less than half of the statuary. Thorwaldsen executed some of his fine bassorilievi in the grey marble for Prince Torlonia, for the palace. I have other models for bassorilievo such as the one representing Minerva giving the winged horse Pegasus to Bellerophon. [...]

General Comment

Af brevet citeres kun de dele, som vedrører/omhandler Thorvaldsen. Brevet er afskrevet med enkelte ortografiske rettelser og venligt stillet til rådighed af Eric Forster.

Archival Reference
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, MS 20567E-161.
Marble Carving
Bertel Thorvaldsen · Giovanni Raimondo Torlonia
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