The Lady Martin Memorial designed by John Henry Foley (1818-74), R. A., and executed by John Hughes. Source: 1900 Magazine of Art. [Click on image to enlarge it.] As the writer for the magazine explains, Lady Martin arranged for her own memorial a quarter century before her death:

We reproduce on p. 142 the memorial to Lady Martin (Helen Faucit), which has been erected in Llantysilio Church, which is in the near neighbourhood of Bryntysilio in the vale of Llangollen, where Lady Martin died last year. The monument is in white marble, and was executed by Mr. Joan Hughes, of Dublin, from a design by J. H. Foley, R.A., made by him a year or two before his death from sittings given by Lady Martin. On the pedestal is the following inscription: “In memory of Helena Faucit, Lady Martin, who died at Bryntysilio, 21st October, 1898. Her gracious genius belonged to the world: the charm of her goodness was for her home and for those who loved her. [144]

Did Lady martin write the inscription on the monument, too? If so, she was certainly taking no chances.

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“The Chronicle of Art. — January.” Magazine of Art. 24 (1900): 142, 144. Hathi Digital Library Trust version of a copy in the University of Chicago Library. Web. 17 January 2018.

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