(b. Copenhagen 1770, d. s.p. 1844)
Sheet with studies. Unsigned. Inscribed on the mount “tegnet af Conferentsraad Thorvaldsen, C. Wilckens Custode”. Drawing ink, pencil and wash on paper. Sheet size 13.5×16.3 cm. Unframed.
Provenance: C. F. Wilkens worked as a valet for Thorvaldsen from 1838, when Thorvaldsen returned from Rome to Copenhagen, and until Thorvaldsen's death in 1844. There was a friendly relationship between the two and Thorvaldsen gave several drawings and sketches to his valet. Wilkens was later appointed custodian at Thorvaldsen's Museum in Copenhagen. In 1874 he published the book “Thorvaldsen's sidste Aar, Optegnelser af hans fordums Kammertjener” (Thorvaldsen's last years, records by his former valet).