Tag: Wilkins (Ed.)

  • Mary and Samuel Stewart Monuments, Bethany Cemetery

    These matching monuments have been a little damaged by time, but still make an impressive pair. Mary’s has a profile vignette that looks as though it is meant for a portrait of the deceased. Small as it is, it is a fine piece of work.

    In Memory of
    who departed this life
    March 25, 1855,
    Aged 74 years
    6 mos & 3 days.

    Consort of
    who — — —death
    — — from — —
    Sept. the 2, 1842,
    In the 61st year
    of her age

    Father Pitt was not able to read the entire inscription. In fact Mary’s monument is covered with inscriptions on all sides, most of which seem from the form of them to be poems or hymns, but which have been made illegible by the gradual erosion of the marble. We can, however, read the signature of the artist: “Ed. WILKINS PITT.”

    On the back of the monument is another profile, smaller and much more eroded than the one on the front:

    Father Pitt suspects that it may represent a son who died in childhood.