Log-a-palooza!

An obsessive quest by Mr. Lloyd to get every conceivable grave furnishing in the rustic style has left us an astonishing, world-class plot in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

TFW?!

Here, ladies and gentlemen, is a mausoleum, in Glenwood Cemetery in Washington, D.C., designed by a spooney architect (figure 1). Figure 1. Spooney mausoleum. Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. Now before I go an inch further, let me concede that if you ignore the details and slip the image a little out of focus, …

The corner problem

Figure 1. Rouss mausoleum, c. 1902. Detail: façade. Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA. Photo: author. The handsome Rouss mausoleum in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA, is a fine, attentively designed version of a Greek Doric temple (figures 1, 2). Built after Rouss died in 1902, it varies in a dozen ways from the most …

Major General Alexander Macomb

“Died at Washington, the seat of government, 25 June 1841,” reads part of his epitaph. I should think that even in 1841 one wouldn’t have needed to specify that Washington was the “seat of government.” But otiose overdetermination is not why I look at this obelisk (figure 1). Figure 1. Alexander Macomb monument. Congressional Cemetery, …

Ware ye the steamers!

While not jolly reading, it’s nevertheless interesting—and fairly rare—to hear on a monument of an unusual form of death. In Prospect Hill Cemetery (in D.C.), there is a tombstone of Marion Hays Colerider who was “shot and killed” at the age of 17 on 7 December 1900 (figure 1). Figure 1. Marion Hays Colerider monument. …

John Alexander Joyce Monument

“Poet, Soldier, Philosopher” declares the monument of John A. Joyce in Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C. I figured that this promise, plus the bronze portrait of the man, made his monument worth a second or even a third look. Figure 1. John A. Joyce monument, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. There’s a …

Funerary portraits to order

The reader may know that I am looking into American funerary portraits. Searching turns up a fair number of them, but there is always a question of whether portrait statues or busts in the wild were made for the tomb or were repurposed from a domestic setting. It’s therefore time to touch base with theory, …

Mysteries of Mt. Olivet

Below, and click to enlarge, are images of two astonishing and wonderful mausolea in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Figure 1. Sally [Miller?] mausoleum.Figure 2. Jack and Bessie Frank mausoleum.Figures 1-2. Sally [Miller] and Frank mausolea, respectively. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photos: author. Both present mysteries. Let’s dive in. On the left, both …

Vernacular monuments III

John Tobey marker, 1951, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. John Tobey has a marker about a meter from this wonderful, wonderful concrete cross with embedded marbles at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C. There is nothing else nearby, so I assume the cross was made for his grave. John Tobey plaque, Mt. Olivet …

P.M.G.

Joseph Peck monument, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. I note first that the marker has been vandalized in the past and carefully restored. Who vandalizes a grave? P                          GMERECTED BY HIS COMRADESTHE PRESIDENT’S MOUNTED GUARDIN MEMORYOFENSIGN JOS. CHAP. PECKWHO DEPARTED THIS LIFESEPTR 1ST 1857IN THE 24TH YEAR OF HIS AGE There doesn’t seem to be …

The artist, the grave, and the sonnet

Figure 1. Augustus Goodyear Heaton. Frontispiece photo from Fancies in Thoughts and Verse (Boston 1904). Public domain. Digitized by Google, in the internet archive. Augustus Goodyear Heaton, a.k.a. Augustus George Heaton, had his middle name legally changed at the age of 78 in 1922. Born in Philadelphia in 1844, he passed much of his career …

The Victor Blundon and Mr. Knickers portrait

Blundon monument, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. Apart from the Schnebels, who died decades earlier, the burials here fall in the period from 1936 to 1959. The first of the “modern burials” is that of Victor, who takes the siege d’honneur in the bas relief, and whose death presumably occasioned the commission of the …

Hard Knox

George William Knox monument, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. Let’s look at this monument before we consider the man, except to date the monument to the period probably soon after his death in March 1892. The monument is run-of-the-mill bog standard for the 1890s, an obelisk influenced both by the Egyptian revival and the …

Vernacular monuments II

Pietro Cordani monument, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author QUI RIPOSAPIETROCORDANIN[ato]. 1909 M[orto]. 1911 Here liesPietroCordaniB[orn] 1909 D[ied] 1911 Once again we find a cast slab of concrete with visible aggregate. I see a crude cross above the inserted inscription, and it seems to me that the inscription is on a ticket that was poured …

The Mary L. Allen mausoleum portraits

Mary L. Allen mausoleum, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. Aside from the brief anagraphic snippet on an infant’s monument given below, I know little about Mary L. Allen. I think I know that she was born in Ohio in 1850, that she died in 1924, and that she is buried in the mausoleum shown …

The Roberts mausoleum portrait

Roberts mausoleum, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Washington, D.C. 1913. Photo: author. The St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Washington, D.C., would be a triple boon for those seeking to study Catholic iconography, but not very promising for those of us seeking funerary portraits. Or so I thought until I poked my nose into the Roberts mausoleum, …