Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Princess Waldemar - royal sculptress

June 29, 1901

A sculptured hippopotamus received "the greatest attention at a recent charity bazaar" in Copenhagen was modeled by Princess Waldemar of Denmark.   The Princess, according to the Chicago Daily Tribune, "has long since preferred the study of art to social festivities," and is an accomplished painter.  She is now determined to "devote her time almost exclusively to sculpture," much to the delight of Denmark's leading art critics.

Princess Marie of Orleans is married to Prince Waldemar of Denmark, the youngest son of King Christian IX.  She is said to be "the most popular woman" at the Copenhagen court, and is a "remarkable character."  Not long after her marriage she had an "anchor tattooed on her shapely left arm."  She said afterwards: "I am a Danish sailor's wife, and I want to do just as the others do."

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