Kamma Rahbek

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Silhouette of Kamma Rahbek

Karen Margrethe "Kamma" Rahbek, née Heger (19 October 1775 in Copenhagen – 21 January 1829 at Frederiksberg), was a Danish artist, salonist and lady of letters.

She was the daughter of the official Hans Heger (1747–1819) and Anne Louise Drewsen (1751–1799). In 1798, she married the writer Knud Lyne Rahbek. Her salon at Bakkehuset became a cultural centre and the gathering place for the writers of the Danish Golden age and was considered the salon of the middle class in contrast to the more aristocratic Friederike Brun and Charlotte Schimmelmann.

Among her guests were Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Jens Baggesen, Sophie Ørsted, Poul Martin Møller, N. F. S. Grundtvig, B. S. Ingemann, H. C. Andersen, P. O. Brøndsted and Johan Ludvig Heiberg. Rahbek befriended the writers of the Romantic style, while her spouse preferred the moralists.

Her correspondence has been published.

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Sources[edit]

  • Kirsten Dreyer (udg.), Kamma Rahbeks brevveksling med Chr. Molbech, 1–3, Museum Tusculanums Forlag, 1994. ISBN 978-87-7289-245-0.
  • Maria Helleberg: Vilde kvinder, milde kvinder. 2003.
  • Anne E. Jensen: Kamma Rahbek 1775–1828. I anledning af 200 års dagen den 19. oktober 1975. Udgivet af Bakkehusmuseet af Historisk-Topografisk Selskab for Frederiksberg 1975.
  • Hans Kyrre, Knud Lyne Rahbek, Kamma Rahbek og Livet paa Bakkehuset, H. Hagerups Forlag, 1929.
  • Knud Lyne Rahbek: Erindringer.
  • Anne Scott Sørensen, Blomsterpoesi – om Kamma Rahbek og Bakkehuset i: Anne Scott Sørensen (red.), Nordisk salonkultur – et studie i nordiske skønånder og salonmiljøer 1780–1850, Odense Universitetsforlag, 1998. ISBN 87-7838-345-5.