Boisserée, Sulpice

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

Sulpice Boisserée was the 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 visited Goethe in 1811 in Weimar. They became friends and later 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
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• knew Willemer, Marianne von

22/8/1815Goethe leaves Wiesbaden. He was accompanied by Sulpiz Boisserées. [Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von]


The grave of Melchior Boisserée and Sulpice Boisserée at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (17 Mar 2022)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Sulpiz Boisserée - Wikipedia
Goethe in Wiesbaden | Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden

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Published: 13 Dec 2009
Last update: 09 Nov 2023