Porter Angel, Allegheny Cemetery


This striking angel is the work of Brenda Putnam, but the cemetery’s site is vague and confusing on dates. It says that the bronze angel was cast “after 1910” as a replica of an original granite sculpture. The earliest dated Putnam work listed in her sparse Wikipedia article is from 1917. Brenda Putnam would have been twenty years old in 1910; she would thus have been a teenager when the granite version was done, if the date “1910” means anything at all. Henry Kirke Porter, identified as “the best-known Porter here” by the cemetery site, died in 1921, and perhaps that gives us a better guess at the date of the sculpture.


3 responses to “Porter Angel, Allegheny Cemetery”

  1. I am trying to improve the Brenda Putnam wikipedia article (my friend BoringHistoryGuy has already made huge strides) and discovered your angel and am wondering if you know any more.

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