A wonderful stained glass window shines a light on a sad surprise in the Jackson mausoleum.
A West Laurel Hill treasure is the portrait of Adolene O. Pursell (1892-1916), spotted in the rear of the Lambert Ott 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 […]
George G. Snowden mausoleum, West Laurel Hill, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Photo: author. This exquisitely crisp mausoleum erected by George G. Snowden (or his commemorators after his death in 1920) lives in West Laurel Hill Cemetery. The lens on my phone distorts the image in a way that makes it look rather taller than it is, […]
Roberts mausoleum, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Washington, D.C. 1913. Photo: author. The St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Washington, D.C., would be a triple boon for those seeking to study Catholic iconography, but not very promising for those of us seeking funerary portraits. Or so I thought until I poked my nose into the Roberts mausoleum, […]
Figure 1. John Williams mausoleum, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Photo: author. This is a wonderful complex (figures 1, 2). Of course, you can guess that it dates to between about 1890 (Sullivanesque style) and maybe 1920 (crisp neoclassical elements like wreaths). The online records of West Laurel Hill Cemetery do not much […]
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 […]
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. […]