The Chianciano Art Museum has announced that it has added to its permanent collection a selection of artwork by the Late Duchess of Leeds, Caroline Fleur Vatcher. The artworks will be preseneted in the Historical Europe wing of the museum in the same room as a drawings by Napoleon Bonaparte III, a bronze bust created by Queen María José of Italy of her daughter Queen Elizabeth of the Belgians as well as a Renaissance portrait of Pope Pius V by Palma the Yougner, significant Venetian artist that finished Titian's "Pietà."
Roberto Gagliardi, founder of the Chianciano Art Museum, and Marie Gagliardi were personal friends of the Duchess and assisted in finding sutable paintings for the museum's collection. Born in 1931, the daughter of Colonel Henry Monckton Vatcher, Caroline married the eleventh Duke of Leeds, John Osborne. Professional painter since the age of twenty-one, the Duchess studied with Philip Lambe, R.P.N.S. and Bernard Adams R.P.R.O.I.N.S. specializing in oils, watercolours and chalks. During her marriage to the late 11th Duke of Leeds and later to Lt. Commander Sir Robert Hobart, she painted in many different parts of the world. The Duchess of Leeds' work is present in numerous collections in Europe and the States and among her portrait commissions she painted H.R.H. The Prince Andrew, The Duke and Duchess of Bedford and Mrs. Henry Ford, to name but a few. Exhibitions included: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of British Artists Gagliardi Gallery in London, The Paris Salon, The Waldort Gallery in New York and The Washington Gallery of Art.
Left - The Duchess of Leeds with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Right - Mr and Mrs Gagliardi with the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Mrs Maighread Condon-Simmonds
Bottom - The Chianciano Art Museum