I never expected to find a portrait bust displayed on the exterior of a monument! And it hasn’t been stolen!
It’s not quite “jeder für sich und Gott gegen alles” in this monument, but Anna Houser is an enigma.
A man with the whiskers of Chester A. Arthur and a young woman with an extraordinary dress by a very talented sculptor in Rock Creek Cemetery.
Among the Romans, it was very common, in some periods more than others, to have a portrait of yourself as a part of, or on the premises of, your tomb. It was an assertion of selfhood and existence and social significance before death; or it allowed a commemorator to assert these things for the dead. […]