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.