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 Louise Saxe-Coburg

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Louise Saxe-Coburg Famous memorial

Birth
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death
3 Dec 1939 (aged 91)
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Plot
10
Memorial ID
6137138 View Source

English Royalty. Duchess of Argyll. Louise Caroline Alberta was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Unquestionably the prettiest of Queen Victoria's daughters, she had a radiant personality, an independent nature, and considerable artistic talent. In an era when women were first breaking into artistic careers, she was taught to sculpt by Mary Thornycroft, who had created sculptures of the Royal children. With death of her father, the entire family was in deep mourning, especially her mother. To recognized this, she painted in 1862 in watercolors and pencil "Queen Victoria Dreaming of her Reunion with Prince Albert." She entered the Kensington National Art Training School in 1868, making her the first daughter of an English monarch to be publicly educated. Later in her life, she supported girl schools, especially art lessons. During her time at the school, she met Hungarian-born English sculptor Sir Joseph Boehm and through the years, was a frequent visitor in his studio. Many historians claimed the two were romantically involved as she was alone with him in his studio when he died of a stroke in 1890. She married John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne on March 21, 1871 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Although she wished to remain in England, Lorne was made Governor-General of Canada in 1878, thus she moved with him to Ottawa. During this time, her husband named in her honor the province of Alberta along with Lake Louise and Mount Alberta. The couple toured the Northwestern United States during their stay. Although their marriage began happy, by 1880 the marriage had disintegrated to one of companionship only, and they spent much of their time apart. Many biographers have said this was because Lorne was homosexual, but it has not been substantially proven. She did not conceive children, possibly as a result of a childhood bout of meningitis. The couple returned from Canada in 1883, before Lorne had served a full term. By returning to England, Lorne may have been hoping to salvage the marriage. At the death of Lorne's father in 1900, the couple became Duke and Duchess of Argyll. In 1893 she sculpted a huge marble statue of an eighteen-year-old Queen Victoria in her coronation robes, which was presented at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in the front gardens of Kensington Palace. She created a memorial sculpture for the Boer War in St Paul's Cathedral in London. She was active in Women's Rights movements. Following her husband's death in 1914, she became devastated, spending most of her time alone at Rosneath, one of the Argyll homes. Suffering from sciatica and many of the complaints of aging, she died at Kensington Palace at the age of 91.

English Royalty. Duchess of Argyll. Louise Caroline Alberta was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Unquestionably the prettiest of Queen Victoria's daughters, she had a radiant personality, an independent nature, and considerable artistic talent. In an era when women were first breaking into artistic careers, she was taught to sculpt by Mary Thornycroft, who had created sculptures of the Royal children. With death of her father, the entire family was in deep mourning, especially her mother. To recognized this, she painted in 1862 in watercolors and pencil "Queen Victoria Dreaming of her Reunion with Prince Albert." She entered the Kensington National Art Training School in 1868, making her the first daughter of an English monarch to be publicly educated. Later in her life, she supported girl schools, especially art lessons. During her time at the school, she met Hungarian-born English sculptor Sir Joseph Boehm and through the years, was a frequent visitor in his studio. Many historians claimed the two were romantically involved as she was alone with him in his studio when he died of a stroke in 1890. She married John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne on March 21, 1871 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Although she wished to remain in England, Lorne was made Governor-General of Canada in 1878, thus she moved with him to Ottawa. During this time, her husband named in her honor the province of Alberta along with Lake Louise and Mount Alberta. The couple toured the Northwestern United States during their stay. Although their marriage began happy, by 1880 the marriage had disintegrated to one of companionship only, and they spent much of their time apart. Many biographers have said this was because Lorne was homosexual, but it has not been substantially proven. She did not conceive children, possibly as a result of a childhood bout of meningitis. The couple returned from Canada in 1883, before Lorne had served a full term. By returning to England, Lorne may have been hoping to salvage the marriage. At the death of Lorne's father in 1900, the couple became Duke and Duchess of Argyll. In 1893 she sculpted a huge marble statue of an eighteen-year-old Queen Victoria in her coronation robes, which was presented at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in the front gardens of Kensington Palace. She created a memorial sculpture for the Boer War in St Paul's Cathedral in London. She was active in Women's Rights movements. Following her husband's death in 1914, she became devastated, spending most of her time alone at Rosneath, one of the Argyll homes. Suffering from sciatica and many of the complaints of aging, she died at Kensington Palace at the age of 91.

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  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 28 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6137138
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