Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Veiled Mourning Figure

ALEX G. TURNER BORN OCT. 8, 1813 DIED APRIL 27, 1889 Many Victorian cemetery monuments are imbued with a multitude of symbolism. In David Robinson’s book, Saving Graces, mourning figures from some of the most beautiful and famous cemeteries in … Continue reading

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Saint-Gaudens’ Angel

WRITE: BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD FROM HENCEFORTH YEA SAITH THE SPIRIT FOR THEY REST FROM THEIR LABORS AND THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW THEM GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO JOHN HUDSON HALL BORN OCTOBER XV, M-D-C-C-C-XXXVIII DIED … Continue reading

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De Weldon’s Pieta

The Edith Allen Clark (1883-1965) polished black granite monument at the Metairie Cemetery at New Orleans, Louisiana, features a large circular bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mary and the dead body of Jesus Christ, known as a pieta, surrounded by … Continue reading

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President James Buchanan

HERE REST THE REMAINS OF JAMES BUCHANAN FIFTEENTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BORN IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA. APRIL 23, 1791: DIED AT WHEATLAND. JUNE 1, 1868. James Buchanan served as president from 1857 to the eve of the Civil … Continue reading

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Three Graces

In 1831, Mt. Auburn Cemetery opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was the first garden cemetery to open in the country and represented a new attitude about burying the dead. These cemeteries were designed spaces, with pathways and avenues, and were … Continue reading

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Aspiration

William Arthur Rogers (1851-1946) The dramatic 10-foot bronze sculpture “Aspiration” was created in 1926 by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980) for the Rogers monument in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York.  Frishmuth was well known for her sculptures of … Continue reading

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Fallen Doughboy

  JOSEPH QUADRI HE BRAVELY GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE CAUSE OF HIS COUNTRY BORN DEC 28, 1896 DIED OCT 2, 1918 Private Joseph Quadri of Brooklyn was killed in World War I.  His body was transported to the United … Continue reading

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