Category Archives: Saving Graces

Grief

WM. N. WORTHINGTON, DIED JUNE 30th, 1871 AGED 29 I SHALL GO TO HIM, BUT HE SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME.   “Grief” is a statue designed by Edward V. Valentine for the William Worthington monument in the Hollywood Cemetery … Continue reading

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A Somber Mourning Figure

The monument marking the graves of Adolf (1865-1941) and Frieda (1869-1936) Schmidt is a stele (a stone or wooden slab generally taller than it is wide and designed as a funeral commemorative).  The limestone monument in the Graceland Cemetery at … Continue reading

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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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Classical Mourning Figure

In the center of the Greenbush Cemetery at Lafayette, Indiana, is a monument erected to commemorate the dedication and founding of the cemetery association on February 12, 1848.  The pedestal is topped with a classical bronze mourning figure. The figure holds an … Continue reading

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Victorian Angel

The young female figure, head looking down in reflection and sorrow, while holding a flower in one hand and clutching her breast with the other is a common Victorian funerary symbol. This marker at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Columbus, Ohio, is … Continue reading

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Victorian Mourning Figure

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 Europe show sculpted beautiful, young, and voluptuous women often wearing revealing clothing mourning … Continue reading

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The Lowry Family Monument

Many Victorian cemetery monuments are adorned with a mourning figure.  In his book, Saving Graces, published by W. W. Norton & Company, David Robinson photographed mourning figures from some of the most beautiful and famous cemeteries in Europe, including Pere … Continue reading

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Saving Graces, Angel Version

In my very first post, I wrote about the book, Saving Graces, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1995. In the book, David Robinson has taken pictures of mourning figures from some of the most beautiful and famous … Continue reading

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The Empty Chair

This mourning figure in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati kneels next to an empty chair.  Typical of mourning figures, she is barefoot, and expresses her grief with a lowered head that she holds with her hand.  The vacant chair symbolizes … Continue reading

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Saving Graces

In his book, Saving Graces, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1995, David Robinson has taken pictures of mourning figures from some of the most beautiful and famous cemeteries in Europe, including Pere Lachaise in Paris and Monumentale … Continue reading

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