We look into a mausoleum and into another age, an age long gone and as dead as the cadavers within. And yet somehow a colored photograph of a hot summer day brings an immediacy and life to the departed. I hear cicadas and the cascade of water. A gentle breeze occasionally rustles the leaves. The father is yelling at them to BE STILL.
An old photograph patinated by a century of wear.
Maria Scheuch gazes out impassively at us from her funerary portrait in Glenwood Cemetery.
Fourteen good portraits from Arlington National Cemetery.
Here I open up a new category of funerary portraits: framed photos serving like portrait busts.
A decidedly odd portrait bust in the mausoleum of a distinguished family!
A West Laurel Hill treasure is the portrait of Adolene O. Pursell (1892-1916), spotted in the rear of the Lambert Ott mausoleum.
Figure 1. John Scougal, portrait of George Heriot. Public domain because the author died more than 100 years ago. Wikimedia Commons. 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 …
“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 …
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 …