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Sunday, August 22, 2010

(Not so) Famous Flying Lady

Have you ever looked at The Spirit of Ecstasy up close?
She has a figure, a form , a face.
A work of art.



Designed by Charles Sykes in 1911 and modelled by Elenaor Velasco Thornton- Lord Montagu of Beaulieu's personal secretary (and lover, apparently)



- They produced an illegitimate daughter given up for adoption .
- where is she now?
(Ok, so she'd be 105 years old and probably no one is aware of how famous her mother was, or should I say is.).





Elenanor died on the 30th of December 1915 when the Germans (who now happen to own Rolls-Royce) in U-Boat U38 torpedoed the S.S. Persia on its way through the Mediterranean Sea to India.
Lord Montagu was with her , but survived , and was often quoted as saying "Poor Thorn..."







I actually know a Thornton and she was quite surprised to hear about the famous one that she'd never heard of....

(posted by David Irvine)

1 Comments:

At 1:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contrary to what the urban legend days, it is NOT Eleanor Velasco Thornton's face that is on RR's spirit of ecstasy.
Alain

 

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