Blosse-Lynch, Alice Harriet

BORN 17 Jul 1844, Mumbai - DIED 19 Sep 1919, Sainte-Honorine-la-Chardonnerette, Calvados
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Pre Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 57, Avenue Neigre, ligne 1)

Alice Harriet Blosse-Lynch was the daughter of the Irish navy officer Henry Blosse-Lynch (1807-1873). He was the commander of the Anglo-Indian fleet in Mumbai. Alice was known for her beauty. On 10 August 1867 she married the banker Adolf Wilhelm Kessler in Paris. Their son Harry was born on 23 May 1868 and he would be well known as the art collector Harry Graf Kessler.

In 1870 emperor Wilhelm I saw her at Bad Ems and introduced himself to her. He admired her for the rest of his life. Bismarck was impressed by her singing talents. In London in 1877 she and Adolf had a daughter, Wilma. When Bernard von Blow was asked by the German government to spy on the family he unsuccessfully tried to seduce Alice, causing a scandal.

Alice was an enthousiastic amateur actress, performing for invited audiences. She staged the works of Maupassant and Ibsen himself congratulated her with her performance as Nora in his play "A Doll's House". After Adolf's death in 1895 she contracted a mysterious illness herself. She retired from society and only wanted to see old friends in rooms with dimmed light. In the winters she lived in Paris and in the summers in a chateau in Normandy, where she died in 1919.

• Son: Kessler, Harry, Graf

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• has a connection with Blow, Bernhard, Frst von


The grave of Harry, Graf Kessler at Pre Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2022)


The grave of Harry, Graf Kessler at Pre Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2022)


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Published: 12 Feb 2023
Last update: 12 Feb 2023