Portrait of Andreas Christian Hviid (1749–1788), c. 1785



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Professor Andreas Christian Hviid (1749–1788) was a Danish philologist and theologian, and provost of the prestigious college of Regensen at the University of Copenhagen. In the spring of 1785, Hviid planted a linden tree in a courtyard near the old residence hall of the college, which earned him the title "Pater tiliae," or "Father Linden." Since the 18th century, students have staged numerous events and gatherings under this linden tree. When the tree died in 1953, a new linden tree was planted at the same spot.

This portrait remained in the family of Professor Hviid until well into the 20th century. We are grateful to Bent Sorensen for clarifying the provenance of the pastel, and illuminating details in Professor Hviid's career.

Portrait of Andreas Christian Hviid (1749–1788)
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Andreas Christian Hviid, Copenhagen (until d. 1788); his wife, Maria Sophia Munk, Copenhagen and Odense (until d. 1829); by descent to their daughter, Johanne Hviid Wilkens (1788–1875) and Jensenius Nicolai Heinrich Wilkens (1780–1842), Copenhagen (1829–d. 1875); their son, Julius Frederik Christian Emil Wilkens (1812–1892) and Laurette Registze de Hoffmann Wilkens (1814–1882), Copenhagen and Helsingør; their daughter, Mathilde Wilkens Wright (1845–1891) and Consul Major Henry Charles Wright, Copenhagen and Helsingør (in 1909); their daughter, Juliette Jenny Mathilde Wright , Helsingør [Elsinore], Denmark. Mrs. Roger A. van der Straeten (until 1955; given to Mia)
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