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 […]

The kitchen sink!

If you look, you may find it somewhere in the over-the-top bronze sarcophagus of Benjamin Head Warder in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Warder made a fortune in agricultural machinery, thanks not least to “The Champion” combined reaper and mower. Flying shell! Crazy vines! Lion’s paws! Rich Ionic moldings! Hideous patina turning into bronze […]

A Sullivanesque mausoleum in Bala Cynwyd

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 help, but for what it’s worth, their opinion is that the John Williams buried […]