(1) Caroline’s Life by Year. A series of chronological galleries.
Portraits and silhouettes of Caroline and Auguste. — Johann Friedrich August Tischbein’s portraits of Caroline and Auguste were rendered quite differently in the first edition of her letters and elsewhere. This gallery also includes a portrait by Tischbein from the same period once thought to be Caroline.
Photographs of one of at least two, and possibly three surviving original busts Friedrich Tieck did of Auguste Böhmer on commission from Caroline and Wilhelm Schlegel in 1804 (one other is in Coppet, at the estate of Madame de Staël; another seems to have been lost). Letters suggest that this particular bust seems to have been the bust Caroline herself had in her apartments in Würzburg and Munich.
Various parts of the memorial planned for Auguste as rendered by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. A history of these pieces will be provided later in the project, though some preliminary information is provided with these images themselves.
A photographic account of the reproduction of Friedrich Tieck’s 1804 bust of Auguste Böhmer undertaken by the Thorvaldsen Museum in 2011 at the initiative of the translator.
Historical and contemporary images and maps relating to Caroline’s time in Marburg (1789–91), with special attention given her residence in the older part of town.
Caroline spent one of the most difficult periods of her life in the tiny village of Lucka just south of Leipzig. Although older historical illustrations of Lucka are rare, a combination of historical maps and contemporary photographs provides vivid imagery not only of the town itself, but also of the site of the house where Caroline brought her difficult pregnancy to term; the precise path to the mill in the neighboring village to which she took a walk on 10 October 1793 (the mill complex still stands today); and the cemetery where her son, whom she had to leave behind in late January 1794 in foster care and whom she never saw again, is likely buried.
(8) Bamberg 1800
Historical and contemporary images and maps of Bamberg recounting some of the locales Caroline and especially Auguste visited during the spring and summer of 1800.
Historical and contemporary images and maps of Bocklet, where Auguste died on 12 July 1800 and is buried.
Caroline, Wilhelm Schlegel, and Schelling paid an official visit to the Bamberg General Hospital on 4 August 1800, signing the guest register and touring the facility presumably in the company of one or both head physicians, Adalbert Friedrich Marcus and Andreas Röschlaub. Caroline, of course, whom Röschlaub had been treating earlier, had in the meantime lost Auguste in Bocklet (12 July 1800), Wilhelm had arrived from Jena, and Schelling was becoming increasingly interested in the interface between medicine and his philosophy of nature.
In October 1800, Caroline, Wilhelm Schlegel, and Christian Rudolph Wilhelm Wiedemann spent several days at the secluded estate of Friedrich Moritz von Brabeck near Hildesheim, where Brabeck had assembled an art collection that attracted visitors from all over Europe. Caroline, in depressed spirits after having just lost Auguste in July 1800, nonetheless provides an animated account of her stay at what she called Brabeck’s “fairy castle” and intriguing descriptions of numerous pieces of art.
Illustrations from the performances of one of the most respected, talented, and artistically successful actresses of the age (and one of Wilhelm Schlegel’s love interests).