Kestner, August

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Kestner, August Gender: M
Georg August Christian Kestner
born on 28 November 1777 at 11:00 (= 11:00 AM )
Place Hanover, Germany, 52n24, 9e44
Timezone LMT m9e44 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 06°37' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 18°07 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 19°14'

August Kestner


German diplomat and art collector, the son of civil servant Johann Christian Kestner and his wife Charlotte Buff.

In 1803 Kestner was appointed 'secret office-secretary in the civil service'. As such, he made his living from 1818 to 1849, among other things, as an official envoy and Minister-resident in Rome and Naples. Also he was a diplomat of Hanover to the Holy See in Rome.

As an art lover, he gathered small objects from Egyptian as well as Greco-Roman art. He was a founder of the "Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica" in 1829, later to become the German Archaeological Institute, and was in 1838 entrusted with its direction as its secretary-general.

Kestner died in Rome on 5 March 1853. The Kestner-Museum in Hanover is named after him.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Hannoversche Geschichtsblätter" (Hahnsch Buchhandlung., 1956), p. 141: "Wie uns das Taufregister der Schloßkirche in Hannover meldet, ist am 28. November 1777, mittags um 11 Uhr, „des Königlichen Archiv-Seeretarii Herrn Kestners Ehefrau gebohrene Buff von einem Sohn entbunden, welcher den 7ten Decbr. getauft und die Namen Georg August Christian erhalten."

Translation: As we report from the baptismal register of the Castle Church in Hanover, born on 28 November 1777 at 11 o'clock midday, "the Royal Archive Seeretary Mr. Kestner's wife nee Buff, delivered a son, baptized 7 Dec. with the name Georg August Christian..."


  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Art collector)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat