Goethe, Walther Wolfgang

BORN 9 Apr 1818, Weimar, Thüringen - DIED 15 Apr 1885, Leipzig, Sachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof, Poseckscher Garten

Oldest son of Julius Goethe and his wife Ottillie. Johann Wolfgang Goethe was his grandfather. His mother was convinced of his musical talents and against the advice of friends she sent him to Leipzig to study with Felix Mendelsshon-Bartholdy. Mendelssohn made clear that it wouldn't do and this destroued his friendship with Ottillie. He was sent to other teachers in Vienna and also went to Robert Schumann, but had to give up his musical aspirations.

He tried his hand at writing, but only 163 copies were sold of his first collection of stories. He protected Goethe's belongings in Weimar before they came into public hands after his death. Like his brother Wolfgang he never married.

• Mother: Goethe, Ottilie von
• Father: Goethe, Julius August Walter
• Sister: Goethe, Alma
• Brother: Goethe, Maximilian Wolfgang

Related persons
• was pupil of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
• was pupil of Schumann, Robert

28/6/1896Opening of the Goethe-Schiller Archive in Weimar. It was founded and openend by Grand Duchess Sophia. Goethe's last grandson had left all Goethe's papers to her by testament. [Schiller, Friedrich von]


The Goethe family tomb at the Friedhof vor dem Frauenturm, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2005)


• Gorys, Erhard, Thüringen, Artemis Reis- en Cultuurgids, Kok Lyra, Kampen, 1996
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Goetz, Curt

Published: 18 Nov 2017
Last update: 29 Oct 2023