The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 169
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Elisabet Ney, Sculptor
the king. A large room was refitted according to the require-
ments of Elisabet. In addition to that an apartment was arranged
as living quarters in the palace where she could live in comfort
as long as necessary.
There was nothing more that Elisabet could have desired. But
no one could control Ludwig. He took his time, and before
Elisabet actually got down to work, she had much time, too
much for her temperament, to become acclimated to living in a
royal palace modeling a bust of the king. Furthermore, she had
not yet made up her mind to model also a statue of the king. Again
Elisabet's luck did not fail her. By sheer coincidence she one day
saw a figure pass closely by her in the corridor, dressed in the
trappings of a knight of the Order of St. Hubert. Tall, handsome
Ludwig, dressed as a knight of St. Hubert immediately flashed
into her mind. The figure she saw was, in fact, the king himself.
Her problem was solved.
Elisabet first finished the bust of the king and took it to her
studio in Schwabing. It was later placed in the entrance hall of
the Polytechnicum. She moved back to her villa and waited for
the opportunity to do Ludwig's statue as a Knight of the Order
of St. Hubert. Elisabet, in the meantime, went to Rome to see
Edmund, and the two traveled to Greece, Palestine, and Egypt.
She returned to Munich in the fall. Then, suddenly, Ludwig
desired to have her do the statue. The sittings were renewed.
It was at one of these sittings that Elisabet recited to him by heart
the famous passage from Goethe's Iphigenie.
From that time on Ludwig sat for her without anyone's being
present. Thereafter the conversations between them were carried
on in about the same easy manner previously carried on by her
with Liebig and Humboldt. The king dropped his aloofness and a
certain intimacy developed between the two. It is quite certain,
too, that they repeatedly spent some time together in the king's
private apartment. In some of her letters Elisabet refers to the
conversations they had indulged in "the night before." No one, up
to that time, had ever been able to get that close to Ludwig. This
went on for months while she worked on his statue. Add to this
the fact that the king was an exceedingly handsome man, and
Elisabet, although his senior by about fourteen years, still in the
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