Marie Elsie <I>Whelen</I> Clews

Marie Elsie Whelen Clews

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 15 Apr 1959 (aged 78)
La Napoule, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Burial La Napoule, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Memorial ID 170625230 View Source
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Marie Elsie Whelen

She married Robert Goelet in 1904. In 1914 this marriage was terminated and she married the sculptor Henry Clews, Jr. (d. 1937). Mrs. Clews spent much of her time in France. She founded La Napoule Art Foundation-Henry Clews Memorial on the French Riviera to promote Franco-American cultural relations.

After Henry’s death Marie struggled to stay on at the chateau during the Second World War years when Axis forces took over the grounds.
Marie lived in the gatehouse and managed to preserve much of Henry’s art along with chateau relics by burying them in the expansive gardens. When the Allied forces liberated the village Marie was surprised to see that the troops were led by one of her cousins, an American officer. After the war Henry’s art was re-displayed at the chateau and in 1993 the facility became designated as a historic monument administered under the French Ministry of Culture. Today it is one of the leading attractions in the region and the art of Henry Clews Jr. is on continuous public exhibition.


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