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Helena Gleichen, OBE, DStJ (1 February 1873 in London, England, UK – 28 January 1947) aka Lady Helena Emily Gleichen, was a British painter of landscapes, flowers, and animals, with a particular passion for horses. Read More

Her brother, Lord Edward Gleichen (1863–1937), a professional soldier, wrote several books. Her sister, Lady Feodora Gleichen (1861–1922) was a sculptor. They were the children of Count Victor Gleichen aka Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a half-nephew of Queen Victoria and himself a sculptor and naval officer, and his morganatic wife Laura Williamina Seymour, a daughter of Admiral Sir George Seymour.

Helena Gleichen helped with illustrations for the Younghusband Expedition to Tibet in 1904. During World War I she abandoned her German titles, accepted the rank of a marquess’s daughter and headed the 4th Radiographic British Red Cross Unit stationed in the Villa Zucco in Cormons, Italy. She later received the Italian Bronze Medal of Military Valour and was invested as a Dame of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and as an OBE in 1920. She was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

She worked from her father’s former studio in St James’s Palace opposite Friary Court. The family home was a rambling estate Hellens Manor at Much Marcle in Herefordshire, used during World War II by the Tate for the safe storage of art works. Gleichen organised her estate staff of some 80 people into a local home guard during World War II.

Lady Helena Emily Gleichen died in 1947, three days before her 74th birthday. Her memoir, Contacts and Contrasts, was published in 1940. A memorial plaque to her and her siblings is located at Golders Green.

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