11.5.1820

Sender

Christian Horneman

Sender’s Location

København

Recipient

Bertel Thorvaldsen

Recipient’s Location

København

Dating based on

Dateringen fremgår af stambogsindførslen.

Abstract

Horneman is pleased to have met Thorvaldsen at last and is grateful that the sculptor is willing to pose for his portrait.

Document

Efter længe at have ønsket det, skulde det
dog endelig være mig forbeholden at have den
Glæde at giøre derres Bekiendtskab i vort Fædre
ne=Land
I, og jeg forsikrer, at jeg, at jeg regner
den korte Tid, jeg har haft den Fornøyelse
at see og tale med Dem, for den angenemesteII
i mit hele Liv, og med Taknemmelighed erindrer
jeg de Timer De opoffrede for at jeg kunde male derres
Portrait
III, som med derres BortreiseIV vil blive mig endnu
dyrebarere, jeg beder kuns ved Tiberens Bredder at erindre
Kiøbh: den 11 maj 1820 derres Ven og Beundrer Horneman

Oversættelse af dokument

After I had wished so for a long time
I was at last granted the
pleasure of making your acquaintance in our native
country
, and I assure you that I that I consider
the short period of time I have had the pleasure
to see you and speak to you the most pleasant
in all my life, and I remember with gratitude
the time you sacrificed so I could paint your
portrait
, which will be the more precious to me with your leaving,
I only ask you to remember on the banks of the Tiber
Copenhagen, May 11th 1820 your friend and admirer Horneman


[Translated by Karen Husum]

General Comment

This is a page in Thorvaldsen’s album, N213.
Read more in the related article about Thorvaldsen’s Album and see all the greetings from Thorvaldsen’s friends.

Archival Reference

N213

Thiele

Ikke omtalt hos Thiele.

Subjects

Commentaries

  1. Miniature painter and pastellist Christian Horneman and Thorvaldsen met in Copenhagen during Thorvaldsen’s Sojourn in Denmark 1819-1820.

  2. Dvs. mest “glædelige” eller “behagelige”.

  3. There are three known portraits of Thorvaldsen executed by Christian Horneman:

  4. Thorvaldsen left Copenhagen for Rome on 11.8.1820.

Last updated 10.09.2017