Princess Louise was Queen Victoria’s most bohemian and rebellious daughter. After her mother withdrew from public life for many years after the death of Prince Albert, Louise became one of the best known and loved members of the Royal family.
However, away from her public image, she was also an artist, and her determination to be different saw her become the first royal to attend an art college. Louise was always drawn to other artists, mixing with figures such as Oscar Wilde, Whistler and George Elliot.
She was also believed to have conducted a long-term affair with the famous sculptor Sir Joseph Boehm, and rumors spread that Boehm had died in bed with Louise at his studio. Princess Louise always had a difficult relationship with her overbearing mother, but dared to defy the monarch by maintaining her private life as an artist, and supporting causes such as social reform and the rights of women. Her accomplished statute of Victoria stands outside Kensington Palace.
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