Day – 5 Christiania (iii)

Grünings Løkke ved Christiania (source: Oslo Bymuseum)


prosing, to prose: to talk tediously


  • 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…


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.