Kaufmann, Leopold (1821 - 1898)

Leopold Kaufmann

Leopold Kaufmann (1821 - 1898)
Mayor of Bonn from 1850 until 1876
Collotype print from "Lebenserinnerungen" (Memories)
StadtMuseum Bonn

Leopold Kaufmann, who made acquaintance with Clara and Robert Schumann in 1853 on the occasion of Clara's concert performances in Bonn, spoke up for the memorial grave at the Old Cemetery after the death of Robert Schumann. Clara Schumann greatly appreciated this gesture and the friendliness of Kaufmann, and expressly thanked him in a very personal letter. On behalf of Kaufmann's grandfather, who was a clerk standing in electoral services, built the country house in Endenich near Bonn in 1790, which was later acquired by the physician Franz Richarz and since 1844 established as a mental hospital, where Robert Schumann died in 1856.

(I.B., translated by Katharina Ma)

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