Bertel Thorvaldsen (b. Copenhagen 1770, d. s.p. 1844)

Portrait bust of Caspar Bartholin (1782–1805). 1818–1819. White marble. H. 59 cm. On a grooved faux marble column of painted plaster. H. incl. column 176 cm.

Else Kai Sass, A Catalogue Raisonné of the portrait busts by Thorvaldsen no. 108.

Caspar Jens Christopher Bartholin (1782–1805) was a Danish officer and lawyer with a keen interest in art and literature. The present bust was presumably commissioned by Caspar Bartholin's brother, Frederik, and executed 1818–19. It was made after a death mask taken by Thorvaldsen shortly after Caspar Batholin's early death in 1805.

A version in plaster is in the collection of Thorvaldsen's Museum, Copenhagen inv. no. A227.

Literature: Else Kai Sass “Thorvaldsens Portrætbuster”, 1963–65, vol. I, mentioned p. 529–534, reproduced vol. II p. 381.

Provenance: The Bartholin family until today.


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