Funerary landscaping

A photo essay on the stages of decay of funerary landscape architecture.

The Kates monument in Laurel Hill

The Kates monument in Laurel Hill gets us to the name of the quarry that contracted several works discussed here.

Log-a-palooza!

An obsessive quest by Mr. Lloyd to get every conceivable grave furnishing in the rustic style has left us an astonishing, world-class plot in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

An astounding performance in Laurel Hill

My eye was caught as I was departing Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia by this unorthodox ‘white bronze’ monument (figure 1). It turns out to be an astounding and unexpected form of self-representation by two people in love with life and, more prominently, themselves. The monument has five tall sides arranged in an uneven pentagonal […]

Funerary portraits to order

The reader may know that I am looking into American funerary portraits. Searching turns up a fair number of them, but there is always a question of whether portrait statues or busts in the wild were made for the tomb or were repurposed from a domestic setting. It’s therefore time to touch base with theory, […]

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 […]