Temple of Love Revisited

Temple of Love at the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

Temple of Love at the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

PRESTON POPE

SATTERWHITE

SEPTEMBER 28TH 1867

DECEMBER 27TH 1948

BUT THANKS BE TO GOD

WHICH GIVETH US

THE VICTORY

THROUGH OUR LORD

JESUS CHRIST

 

FLORENCE BROKAW

SATTERWHITE

NOVEMBER 1ST 1857

MAY 1ST 1927

HER WAYS ARE WAYS

OF PLEASANTNESS

AND ALL HER PATHS

ARE PEACE

Horace Trumbauer, noted Philadelphia architect, was hired by the prestigious Dr. Preston Pope Satterwhite of Louisville, Kentucky, to design a memorial for his late socialite wife, Florence Brokaw Martin Satterwhite.

Temple of Love at the Palace of Versailles

Temple of Love at the Palace of Versailles

Trumbauer based his design on the Temple of Love at the Palace of Versailles created by Richard Mique specifically for Marie Antoinette. The domed memorial has a colonnade of Corinthian columns surrounding the statue of Cupid as its centerpiece.

Cupid, Temple of Love, Palace of Versailles

Cupid, Temple of Love, Palace of Versailles

Mique oversaw the building of the last of the monuments at the Palace before the French Revolution and the fall of King Louis XVI.  For his part in what was thought to have been a conspiracy to save Marie Antoinette, Mique and his son were found guilty by a tribunal and sentenced to death—three weeks before the end of the Reign of Terror.

The statue inside the memorial was created by Sally James Farnham, the same artist who created the Vernon and Irene Castle memorial at Woodlawn Cemetery at Bronx, New York.

Flora, Temple of Love, Satterwhite Memorial, Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

Flora, Temple of Love, Satterwhite Memorial, Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

Farnham was well known for her heroic 15-foot statue of Simon Bolivar in Central Park.  Unlike the delicate Castle commission, this statue is commanding and large. The centerpiece of the temple is the statue of Flora, indicated by the bouquet of flowers she holds in her left arm.  Farnham designed the statue and it was sculpted in marble by Robert A. Baillie.

Castle Memorial

Castle Memorial

What is also remarkable is that Sally was entirely self-taught—she had no formal training, and yet, created magnificent sculptures that show range from the massive equestrian statue of Bolivar to the tender and delicate collapsed dancer to the centerpiece of Satterwhite memorial.

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