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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Herminie Beatrice Eckstein

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Sculptor: William Reid Dick (1878—1961)

Materials: Bonze figure on stone pedestal

Signed and dated: Reid Dick
1930

Inscription: Stone pedestal inscribed: HERMINIE BEATRICE ECKSTEIN BORN 19TH. JANUARY 1893 DIED 14TH. MARCH 1945 FARE THEE WELL MY BEST BELOVED YOU HAVE BROUGHT MUCH HAPPINESS INTO MANY LIVES. THE REMEMBRANCE OF YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WONDERFUL. The Eckstein coat of arms are carved on the back of the pedestal.

Herminie Beatrice Eckstein

Herminie Beatrice Eckstein (1893–1945) was the unmarried sister of Sir Bernard Eckstein, a major art collector, who had business interests in the Sudan. They lived together at Oaklands Hall, Fairwarp. On her death, Bernard commissioned this monument at the local churchyard at Christ Church, where Herminie had laid the foundation stone for the enlargement of the church. She was a friend of Agnes Baden-Powell (sister of Robert, founder of the Boy Scouts), the first President of the Girl Guides. In 1934 Herminie donated the site of Cherry Green Trees near Hatfield to the North Middlesex Division of the Guides. This portrait statue, depicting her in classical Greek dress, is dated 1930, indicating either that it had been chosen for her monument prior to her death or that it was a statue of his sister of which Bernard was particularly fond.

Location: Christ Church churchyard, Fairwarp, East Sussex.