Category Archives: Saving Graces

Neo-classical mourning figure

IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN SPENCER BORN 1811 – DIED 1854 CATHERINE SPENCER BORN 1811 – DIED 1874 MARY ANN SPENCER BORN 1840 – DIED 1919   Adolph Alexander Weinman (December 11, 1870 – August 8, 1952) was a noted … Continue reading

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Weeper

ROBERT GOLDEN DONALDSON 1876 – 1940 ANTOINETTE COLETTE DONALDSON DIED SEPT 13, 1927 In his book, Saving Graces, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1995, David Robinson identified four categories of “Saving Graces”: Women completely overcome by grief, often portrayed … Continue reading

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Frederick Pabst, Beer Baron

Frederick Pabst March 28, 1836 – January 1, 1904 Frederick Pabst was born in the small Saxon village in what was then the Kingdom of Prussia.  When he was twelve, he immigrated to the United States with his father and … Continue reading

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Lovebirds

  Marriage is tough. So tough that in the United States one in three marriages end in divorce. That, though, is nothing compared to how mating works in the animal kingdom. The female black widow spider, which is about half … Continue reading

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Gender differences in Victorian funerary sculpture

June Hadden Hobbs, the editor of the Association for Gravestone Studies publication, Markers XXIX, , made an observation about nineteenth-century cemetery design (pages 4 and 5) writing that, “statues of men are historical while statues of women are usually allegorical.” … Continue reading

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Three Virtues

The Sanger Family monument in the Graceland Cemetery at Chicago was designed by Chicago architects George R. and Arthur R. Dean. The elegant and thin bronze mourning figure on the face of the truncated polished dark gray granite pyramid was … Continue reading

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The Flint Granite Company

IN MEMORY OF A FOND FATHER JOHN LUDIN DEVOTED HUSBAND OF AGNES DEMANGEAT LUDIN BORN SEPT. 24TH, 1827. DIED DEC 13TH, 1903 — IN MEMORY OF A LOVING MOTHER AGNES DEMANGEAT LUDIN WIFE OF JOHN LUDIN BORN DEC. 11TH 1821; … Continue reading

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