Kestner-Buff, Charlotte

BORN 11 Jan 1753, Wetzlar - DIED 16 Jan 1828, Hannover, Niedersachsen
REAL NAME Buff, Charlotte
GRAVE LOCATION Hannover, Niedersachsen: Ehemaliger Gartenfriedhof, Marienstrasse 6

Daughter of Henri Buff (1711-1795) and Madeleine Feiner (1731-1771). She was a friend of the young Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Wetzlar in 1772. When she married J.H. Kestner he returned to Frankfurt. The character of Lotte in his novel "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" was based upon her.

In 1773 she moved to Hanover with her husband and in 1800 she became a widow. In 1816 she met Goethe once more during a visit to Weimar. She died in Hanover, where her children and grand children played important parts in the cultural life. Her grandson Hermann (1810-1890) was the founder of the Kestner Museum in Hanover.

• Son: Kestner, August

Related persons
• was a friend of Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• is brother/sister of Ridel-Buff, Amalie

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The tomb of Charlotte Kestner-Buff at the Ehemaliger Gartenfriedhof, Hannover.
Picture by Androom (15 Dec 2002)


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Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 18 Dec 2010