Tag: Columns

  • Rook Monument, Allegheny Cemetery

    Recording angel

    An elaborately Victorian column with a recording angel at the top and statues of Hope and Faith on the lavish base. (We notice the absence of Charity, perhaps because the Rooks decided to take their money with them in the form of this monument.)

    Rook monument from the right
    From the hill opposite
    Recording angel against blue sky
    Recording angel
    Recording angel and capital
    Cherub on the capital
    Hope with her anchor.
    Faith with her cross.
    Rook monument

    Note how the shadow of the angel is moving across the Lewis-Elliott monument behind it. If we wait just a few minutes…

    Shadow of the angel


  • Shanor Column, Union Dale Cemetery

    Shanor column

    An odd mixture of styles: the base is a sort of medieval-classical fantasy, from which sprouts a column with an Egyptian-style lotus capital, and on that stands an allegorical figure of Hope.

  • The Face of the Potts Monument, Mount Lebanon Cemetery

    Face on the Potts monument

    The weathered face of this mourner looks all the more contemplative for the eroded vagueness of her features. The names of the various Pottses are inscribed on a broken column, a common metaphor for death in cemeteries. The various parts of the monument seem to have been ordered separately and with little regard for consistent style; we know from seeing her in other cemeteries that the flower-strewing mourner (whose hands always break off) was a standard catalogue item, and the classical column seems an odd match for the rustic base.

  • John Nicholas Neeb Monument, Voegtly Cemetery

    A broken column, representing a life cut off before its time: Mr. Neeb died at not quite 42. “He died yet lives,” says the inscription around the monogram on the column.

  • Thomas Ridgeway Holmes Monument, Allegheny Cemetery

    Thomas Ridgeway Holmes was born in 1816  and died in 1859, and that is the sum of what Father Pitt knows about him. He has no presence on the Internet, as far as Google can tell—except an occasional reference to this monument. But he must have been rather wealthy: his monument suggests that he dealt in shipping and in geared and belted machines of some sort—a sawmill, perhaps? The reliefs are eroded, but it looks like a circular saw to the left of the second picture below. Is the hexagon a ship’s wheel? Then perhaps his business was shipbuilding, and it all fits together.