Phidippides and the victory motive.

An astonishing constellation of Christian and classical ideas in a statue of Phidippides.


Several attractive and interesting monuments on the theme of ships culminating in an astounding baroque performance by Hans Schuler in Arlington National Cemetery.

An interesting Scottish funerary portrait

George Heriot (figure 1), a prominent goldsmith, left money at his death in 1624 to endow a hospital (= charitable school) for ‘puir faitherless bairns’ in Edinburgh. It has since become one of the best private schools in Scotland, sitting close to the main campus of the University of Edinburgh. On a trip last weekend […]

Monumentum mortuis ignotis Terrae Mariae qui bello civili ceciderunt dedicatum

Imagines duo subiunxi monumenti sacri mortuis in illo bello saevo ferocique quod inter se gesserunt cives Americani annos 1861-1865. Monumentum exstructum dedicatumque est anno 1895 a feminis (plerumque mulieribus) occisorum. Illo anno finis, quinquennio priore proeliorum belli multorum et maximorum dies anniversarios tricesimos celebrabant cives. Primo, bello nuper confecto, mulieres cadavera virorum suorum in perturbatione […]

The artist, the grave, and the sonnet

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 in Washington, D.C. He died in Sibley Hospital there in 1930 and was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. On the right is […]

The astonishing Sons of Maryland Monument in Loudon Park National Cemetery, Baltimore

Despite our Baltimore destination, our journey begins in Washington, D.C. If you live in or have visited Washington, you may have seen Montgomery Meigs’ Pension Building, now the National Building Museum. Built from 1882 to 1887, this magnificent structure is one of the few utilitarian American Victorian buildings which can stand up against the finest […]