Countess Feodora von Gleichen (1861-1922)

Diana the Huntress, Hyde Park.

Feodora von Gleichen, the sculptress, is a favourite of mine for her beautiful Diana the Huntress Fountain, in the gardens in Hyde Park at the south end of Park Lane. She studied at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros, and then in Rome. Her work, of which I have seen little else, seems to consist of a variety of busts and statuettes, a few memorials, and fountains and garden ornaments. She was responsible for the Edward VII Memorial at Windsor, the Florence Nightingale Monument in Derby, and the Ingestre Monument in St Mary, Staffordshire. Abroad, she made a fountain for Paris, with a nude girl carrying a pot, her broad-hipped, small-breasted physique much like her Diana in London. A panel showing an almost Art Deco Queen Hatasu of Egypt is in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and in Canada is a Queen Victoria by her.

We may note that her sister, Countess Helena, was also an artist, and her brother Lord Edward Gleichen, a Major-General, wrote a highly readable book called Londonís Open Air Statuary, along with various military works, including With the Camel Corps up the Nile. Her husband, Count Gleichen, was also a sculptor, but the only work I have seen of his is a bust in the Old Town Hall, Liverpool.

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