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, […]

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, […]

The Rose Keeling Hutchins funerary portrait

Here’s the Egyptian revival mausoleum of the Hutchins-Keeling distended family in Rock Creek Cemetery. Hutchins-Keeling mausoleum. Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. “Distended” because we seem to have a case of a well-heeled man, Stilson Hutchins (1838-1912) who married a new wife, Rose Keeling (1867-1926), in 1890. It was a May-December thing, by the […]