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 […]

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. There’s a lot going on here. Let’s start with the life-sized, freestanding portrait bust in […]

Laurel Glen Mausoleum

Anyone wishing to understand portraits in American mausolea must attentively study Laurel Glen mausoleum, the 1881 tomb of John P. Bowman (1816-1891), in Cuttingsville, VT. In this complex are five funerary portraits, all of which appear to have been commissioned by Bowman and put into place before his death. Below is a general image of […]

P.M.G.

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 anything online about the organization of the President’s Mounted […]

The Victor Blundon and Mr. Knickers portrait

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 monument. Other family members mostly in the same […]