Day 4 – Christiania (ii)

View from Ekeberg. Botanic garden to the right (Peder Andersen Balke, early 1820s).

People

  • Mr Jäger is likely Mr Georg Henrich Jæger (from the city of Arendal) – an agent at Guldberg & Dzwonkowski’s
  • Kallevig M.D. could be Harald Kallevig, born in Arendal 15.04.1812, graduated (embetsexamen) in medicin 03.06.1835 (laud), noted in the listings at University of Oslo as “Død som Reservelæge paa Rigshospitalet” (“deceased senior registrar consultant (or senior resident attending physician) at Rigshospitalet”)
  • Mr Smith, their guide on the Norway trip as recommended from Guldberg & Vonkowski’s, by Jæger. He is likely Axel Christian Rosenkrantz Smith (1813–1876). Both Jæger and Smith are from the city Arendal south in Norway.
  • John is John Vanderholm, hired when in Sweden intended to be guide in Norway. But seemingly left behind in Christiania due to his bad foot.
  • (John Johnson is likely John Vanderholm , the mixup could be caused by resent dealings with a Poul Poulson, valet du place at Hotel du Nord.)
  • Hoppe’s see map

Places/spots:

Botanic garden

Anne had extensive knowledge of botany and seemed to always visit a city’s botanic garden on her travels. Christiania no exception and she noted a whole list of plants that she found interesting. Read more about the botanic gardens of Christiania and Anne’s reflections on some of its contents.

The Royal Palace

Det kongelige Slot / the Royal Palace / [lito] J. Frich (1840)

Bigger version

The Great Ballroom at the Royal Palace today.
Architect: Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow (1787-1851) (Work on the interiors began in 1838 and were finished in the 1840s)

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Source: Slottet.no

Torvet, Byens Torv (today, Stortorvet)

Torvet – the main square or market is just a couple of blocks from Hotel du Nord, where Anne and Ann stayed when in Christiania. The cathedral is situated at one end of the market, and Hoppe’s is right nearby. Read more about Torvet.

Map of Christiania (Oslo)

Points of interest
Map of Christiania from 1840 by unknown artist. Edited to highight the spots of interest from Anne’s travel journal

Click to see map and read more about the places in Christiania that Anne mentions

Fun Facts

Then to Hoppe’s for pencils English for Ann

Read more about The superiority of English pencils

Day – 5 Christiania (iii)

Grünings Løkke ved Christiania (source: Oslo Bymuseum)

Words

prosing, to prose: to talk tediously

People

  • Gruning would be Andreas Grüning (1785-1842) German born Norwegian banker, merchant and consule general for Hamburg. Grüning had many dealings with German born London Banker Huth (Huth & Co), who in turn was connected through his textile business in South America to none other than Edward Rawson, son of John Rawson and nephew to Christopher and Jeremia (etc) Rawson – and I presume we have established how Anne Lister got connected with Grüning.
    Read more about Grüning, Güners løkke, Huth and the Rawson connection.
  • Mademoiselle Bielca is possibly Christine Julianne Fredrikke Charlotte von Bjelke (1774-1845) who simply went by Julie von Bjelke. Daughter of Governor Bjelke and later part owner and fearless protector (unafraid to post a lawsuits) of Copper mines in Røros. Read more…

Fun fact

When Anne takes out 248 Speciedaler and 40 Skilling at an exchange rate of 4 Species and 116 Skilling to the Pound [or rather 4.4.20] which would equal 4.97 Species to the Pound, this means she got what looks to be a decent rate from Grünings bank; The exchange rate set by London in 1839 moved from 4.99 at late July to 4.93 by late August. More about moneys…

Day 6 – Antiquites then heading west

Fun Fact

That “old thing found (…) in the clay of the laundy court at Shibden…”.

August 2. 1839 Anne refers to a thing that was found at shibden. A journal entry on April 11, 1837 refers to more detail of the object, that is likely the one pictured here.
Read more about the old entry and the artifact…

People

Professor at the Musee of Northern Antiquites, would be Professor Rudolf Keyser. On 6. February, 1818  according to a University protocol: ”a room in the university building (corner of Prindsens gade and Kongens gade) should be dedicated to the antiquities“, and one should begin gathering some of the existing collections into the University Collection of Antiquities (Samling af Oldsager). In 1829 Professor Rudolf Keyser greeted the museum’s first visitors. Read moore…

  • Gruning would be Andreas Grüning (1785-1842) German born Norwegian banker, merchant and consule general for Hamburg. More about Grüning
  • Smith was their guide on the Norway trip, and came recommended from Guldberg & Vonkowski’s, by Jæger. He is likely Axel Christian Rosenkrantz Smith (1813–1876). Both Jæger and Smith are from the city Arendal south in Norway.