1819 – PHILIP HOWES SEARS – 1898
1835 – SARAH PRATT SEARS – 1911
WITH THEE IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE
IN THY LIGHT SHALL WE SEE LIGHT
When we see a winged figure in a cemetery, we instantly recognize it as an angel–a messenger of God. However, Christian art did not depict angels with wings until the fourth century. Before then, angels were represented in several different forms–sometimes in human form, but also represented as a dove, or even just as a hand reaching down to Earth from the Heavens. Beginning with the reign of Constantine, angels began being depicted with wings, as this angel is portrayed here on the Sears monument in the Mount Auburn Cemetery at Cambridge, Massachusetts.