A LA MEMOIRE
DE LEON PHILIPPE BECLARD
COMMANDEUR DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR
DECEDE A TANGER LE 7 MARS 1864
DANS SA 43EME ANNEE
LEONIE MARIE BECLARD DECEDEE A UN AN
MARIE BECLARD NEE DE KATARGI
DECEDEE LE 10 APRIL 1867 DANS SA 28EME ANNEE
ANCIEN SOUS LIEUTENANT DE CAVALERIE
DECEDE LE 14 AVRIL 1893
A L AGE DE 30 ANNEE
Minister Plenipotentiary and also Minister of Finance to Emperor Napoleon III Philippe Leon Beclard (born in 1820) died in Tangier. His tomb in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery was created by famed French artist, Gustave Désiré Adolphe Crauk.
The tomb features a mourning figure common in many Victorian cemeteries. The mourning figures are nearly always beautiful, young women overcome by grief, limp from sorrow. Here the mourning figure, her head lowered and resigned with loss, accepts the reality of death as she clutches a stele with the bas-relief of the deceased. The name of the sculpture atop the tomb says it all; it is called Pain.