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Cramm, von
Blazon of arms: Gules three fleurs de lis Argent

SOURCES, NOTES, & CREDITS: Armorial Général, J. B. Rietstap, reprint 1984, page 480 for von Cramm entry, Illustration for background : V. & HV Rolland’s Illustrations, Vols. I & II A-F, Wikipedia article.

Baroness Helga von Cramm (1840–1919) was a German and Swiss painter, illustrator and graphic artist. Helga von Cramm was the eldest child of Wolf Frederick Adolf von Cramm-Burchard (1812–1879) and his wife Hedwig (1819–1891).[1]
Von Cramm's brother Baron Aschwin of Sierstorpff-Cramm (1846–1909), was the great-grandfather of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Helga von Cramm was thus a great-great aunt of the former Dutch Queen. In 1885 she married landed Brunswickian politician Erich Griepenkerl (1813–1888), son of Friedrich Konrad Griepenkerl (1782–1849).

A well known artist in oils and watercolours with work done in Europe, England and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A Manchester Guardian review of her work read: Oils and watercolours of foreign landscapes, particularly Egyptian; Switzerland, the Canary Islands, the Black Forest, and Genua. The subjects are many of them striking, and travellers are likely to appreciate the pictures as mementoes of beautiful scenes.

We inherited one of her signed watercolours from our grandfather which hangs from a wall to be admired by all. A relatively important noble family from Brunswick, Prussia actually going way back as they are considered uradel but only recently conceded a title as late as 1851.

The artwork is an interpretation of John Hamilton Gaylor.

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