Henckel von Donnersmarck, Eleonore Maximiliane Gräfin von

BORN 17 Oct 1756, Nassenheide, Pommern - DIED 20 Feb 1843, Weimar, Thüringen
REAL NAME Henckel von Donnersmarck, Eleonore Maximiliane Ottilie Louise Gräfin
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof (Alter Friedhof, Friedhof vor dem Frauentor), Poseckscher Garten (mausoleum south of the Fürstengruft)

Eleonora Maximiliane Henckel von Donnersmarck was the daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm von Lepel and Amalie Gräfin Henckel von Donnersmarck. In 1774 she married Victor Amadeus Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, the Prussian governor of Königsberg.

In 1777 she bought the Groß-Holstein castle between Königsberg and Pillau. Here she spent her summers. After the death of her husband she sold it in 1795 to Franz von Below. At the time of the death of her husband in 1793 she was lady in waiting at the court of Prince Heinrich von Preussen at Rheinsberg Castle near Neuruppin. From 1802 onwards she was at the court of Maria Pawlowna in St. Petersburg.

In 1804 she followed Maria Pawlowna to Weimar when the latter married Duke Karl Friedrich. She stayed at the court in Weimar for the rest of her life and she was feared by many.

In 1806 she bought a house at the Park an der Ilm in Weimar that is known as the Pogwisch-Haus, after her daughter Henriette Ulrike Ottilie von Pogwisch (1776-1851). Her granddaughter Ottillie von Pogwisch married Goethe's son August.

Related persons
• worked for Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Russia


The mausoleum of Louise Eleonore Maximiliane Ottilie Gräfin von Donnersmarck at the Friedhof vor dem Frauenturm, Weimar.
Picture by androom (21 May 2006)


• Dressler, Roland & Jochen Klauss, Weimarer Friedhöfe, Böhlau Verlag, Weimar, 1996
Eleonore Maximiliane Ottilie Henckel von Donnersmarck – Wikipedia

Henderson, John

Published: 19 Nov 2017
Last update: 19 Nov 2017