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AUGUSTA OF HESSEN-KASSEL
(PRINCESS AUGUSTA)
    ‒   
Princess Augusta was of a princely German family, but grew up in Copenhagen. Her mother, the land-
gravine
¹
Louise Charlotte of Hessen-Kassel was the sister of the Danish king, Christian VIII. Her
father, the landgrave Wilhelm of Hessen-Kassel, was the commanding o
ffi
cer of the Copenhagen gar-
rison. The family lived in one of the palaces at Amalienborg (formerly Brockdor
ff
’s), where the royal
family now resides. Their home was a meeting place for Danish court circles, especially after Fred-
erik VII’s controversial marriage to the commoner Countess Danner.
Augusta was the youngest of three children. In
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, her elder sister Louise, who also painted, mar-
ried the later King Christian IX, founder of the present House of Glücksborg. In

, Princess Augusta
married Baron Carl Frederik Blixen-Finecke (


), who owned estates both in Denmark and
Sweden: Næsbyholm in Scania, Nydala in Småland and Dallund in Funen. (There is a story to the
e
ff
ect that the later French Emperor Napoleon III had paid court to her some time earlier.) Blixen-
Finecke was the Danish foreign minister under Frederik VII from
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to

during which period he
tabled some extremely controversial proposals on the Scandinavian succession, then a major problem.
Princess Augusta was a lively person who loved to entertain on a large scale. She and her husband
installed a French garden on one of their estates, and at her more modest widow’s residence, the Villa
Augusta outside Elsinore,
fl
owers played an important part of her life. (The Villa Augusta was in a
converted sugar re
fi
nery just south of the town and has now been demolished.)
Our knowledge of Princess Augusta’s training and activities as a painter is extremely limited.
Both she and her sister received tutelage in art from J.L. Jensen. The two sisters might have inherited
a talent for painting from their mother, an able watercolour artist.
Princess Augusta exhibited
Hydrangea
in the Women Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition at Char-
lottenborg in
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.
M.T.
         :
“Princesse Augusta,”
Illustreret Tidende
, July
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,
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; Bo Bramsen:
Huset Glücksborg i
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år,
I-II, Copenhagen
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, Vol.
, p.
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passim.
¹
A landgravine is the wife (or a woman holding the rank or position of ) a landgravin, a German count or a noble ruler by hereditary right, of
a German castle or town and its adjacent lands.
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