Boisserée, Sulpice

BORN 2 Aug 1783, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 2 May 1854, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
REAL NAME Boisserée, Johann Sulpiz Melchior Dominikus
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof

Son of the merchant Nicolas Boisserée and brother of Melchior Boisserée. He grew up with his strictly catholic grandmother after his parents died. In 1799 in Hamburg his interest in art started and from 1804 onwards he collected old paintings together with his brother Melchior (24 Feb 1786 - 14 May 1851) and with Johann Baptist Bertramm (6 Feb 1776 - 19 Apr 1841).

They were in close contact with Franz Wallraf and Friedrich Schlegel. Sulpice met Goethe several times in Frankfurt am Main and Goethe travelled to Heidelberg to see their collection of paintings. Heidelberg had been the home of the collection since 1810. In 1827 it was bought by king Ludwig I of Bavaria for the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

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• was a friend of Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• knew Mendelssohn, Dorothea
• knew Schlegel, Friedrich von
• was painted by Schmeller, Johann Joseph
• knew Willemer, Marianne von


The grave of the Boisserée brothers at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (18 Nov 2001)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Sulpiz Boisserée – Wikipedia

Boito, Arrigo

Published: 13 Dec 2009
Last update: 21 May 2018