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Angel of Grief
A Virtual Cemetery created by: sticksandstones
Description: Angel of Grief is an 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story which serves as the grave stone of the artist and his wife at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. A replica located in Palo Alto, California was made in 1901 to honor Henry Lathrop, brother to Jane Stanford, Stanford University co-founder, but was severely damaged in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, leading to its replacement in 1908. After years of neglect, the 1908 replacement was fully restored in 2001. This style of monument is also referred to as "Weeping Angel."_______________________________________________________________Copies or replicas:United States Cassard Monument, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, 1909 or 1910 pictured in Victorian Cemetery Art Chapman H Hyams tomb, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana – early 20th century, pictured in New Orleans Architecture, Volume lll: the Cemeteries Di Cesare Monument, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, NY Hooper monument, Hingham, Massachusetts – pictured in Memorial Art, Ancient and Modern Lathrop Memorial, Stanford Arboretum, Stanford University, California, Antonio Bernieri, sculptor, 1908 A photo of the Memorial after the 1906 quake, showing the fallen canopy. Pool Memorial, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California pictured in Permanent Californians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of California This memorial is about 3/4 scale compared to the Lathrop Memorial. Trorlicht Monument, Calvary Cemetery. St. Louis, Missouri pictured in Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art From America's Heartland Three Texas Angels of GriefGlenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas Scottsville-Youree Cemetery in Scottsville, Texas, established by the Shreveport banker Peter Youree to honor his son Calvary Cemetery in Denison. Steen Monument, Oakland Cemetery Little Rock, Arkansas Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward, California Reverend Thomas Teasdale monument, Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MississippiUnited Kingdom Penarth County Cemetery Cardiff, WalesCanada North Vancouver Cemetery Vancouver, British Columbia This replica is visible at the end of the 2010 movie Charlie St. Cloud.Costa Rica Cementerio General San José, Costa Rica pictured in http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2547536Luxembourg Limbertsberg's Notre-Dame cemetery (Luxembourg) Limpertsberg HISTORY_______________________________________________The Weeping Angel monument in the Hingham (Massachusetts) Cemetery was placed in 1896 by my great, great grandfather, John Sewall Hooper, for his beloved wife, Maria, a few years after her death. My grandfather, grandmother and several other Hooper ancestors are also resting nearby.During my own times of personal difficulty I visit our Angel to meditate and ask for guidance. The thoughts and words that come to me each time I visit her strengthen my faith, inspire my spiritual growth and encourage me to share her with as many people as I can. As I started to share my story, I found that many other people had spent time with "Our Angel" and found her to be comforting in times of need.I also became fascinated by the history of her sculptor, William Wetmore Story. Born in Salem, MA, in 1819, Story graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and practiced law in Boston before listening to his own angel and turning to his true calling as an artist, sculptor, writer and poet.Story was the son of the prominent Boston lawyer and Associate US Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, who is perhaps best remembered for presiding over the Amistad slave ship trial. William originally followed his father's path into law practice, but upon his father's death in 1845, William was asked by The Trustees of the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA to create a memorial sculpture of his famous father. When he resisted due to his lack of formal training, they granted him time and money to take his young family to Italy where he could learn how to become a master sculptor. It would turn out to be a trip that would change his life dramatically. In Rome, he discovered his passion for sculpture and the fine arts and abandoned his law practice and Boston residence forever.Perhaps best known for his marble sculpture of Cleopatra, on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Story captured the ill-fated Egyptian queen despondent, fidgety and disheveled in the moment she came to grips with the fall of her empire. This was a radical departure for fine art sculpture which had always been more romantic and ideal, but it made him world famous for his use of emotion and psychological drama in sculpture and earned him praise as "the Michelangelo of his time."Other William Wetmore Story works of note include memorial sculptures of Francis Scott Key in San Francisco, US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall in the US Supreme Court, Science Professor Joseph Henry outside the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Edward Everett on the Boston Common, philanthropist George Peabody in London, England and many others.Upon the death of his dearly beloved wife, Emelyn, in 1895, he created the original weeping angel monument which he called, "The Angel of Grief Weeping at the Dismantled Altar of Life." It sits where she was laid to rest in the "Artist and Poets" cemetery in Rome. William Wetmore Story died later that same year. Our weeping angel monument is the final work of one of America's greatest sculptors. Since then many other replicas have been created, most notably the weeping angel at Stanford University in California which was commissioned by the founder's wife, Jane Stanford upon the death of her brother. She is more commonly known as "the Earthquake Angel" since she was severely damaged and subsequently rebuilt after the Great Quake of 1906 in San Francisco.I refer to her as "Our Weeping Angel" because I want to share this beautiful image and the powerful healing, comfort and compassion she offers with everyone.Please feel free to call or email me for more information, to share your angel stories or to discuss any of the artwork, poetry and imagery I have created. I also hope you will read about our healing work and consider becoming one of our Earth Angels. John Hooper Deanjack@ourweepingangel.org
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Blakeney, Frank W 24211370
b. Nov. 18, 1872 d. Mar. 11, 1921
Grove Hill Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Blakeney, Myrtel Pickens 24211489
b. Dec. 2, 1878 d. Oct. 13, 1962
Grove Hill Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Cassard, Aurelia Platt 30606626
b. unknown d. Dec., 1908
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Cassard, Jessie L. A. 19833857
b. Jul. 16, 1881 d. Jul. 21, 1979
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Cheng, Mrs Gloria Lee Hwa 98887772
b. Jul. 28, 1947 d. Oct. 8, 2011
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Ciallella, Blair Aryn 20094729
b. Apr. 20, 1987 d. Jan. 26, 2007
Longwood Cemetery
Kennett Square
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Davila, Emilio 39970403
b. Feb. 7, 1864 d. Feb. 9, 1928
Holy Cross Cemetery
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Desrochers, Alice Weber 58605752
b. 1885 d. 1980
Precious Blood Cemetery
Woonsocket
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Desrochers, Mere 58605746
b. 1850 d. 1899
Precious Blood Cemetery
Woonsocket
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
DiCesare, Cesidio A. 9207964
b. Jun. 10, 1874 d. Jun. 6, 1954
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Rochester
Monroe County
New York, USA
DiCesare, Elvira 9207910
b. Sep. 15, 1915 d. Dec. 21, 1927
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Rochester
Monroe County
New York, USA
DiCesare, Lucia A. 9207936
b. Jun. 12, 1879 d. Dec. 21, 1927
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Rochester
Monroe County
New York, USA
Eissler, Rosa Lee Dorothea Stelter 54715999
b. Jun. 7, 1923 d. Apr. 12, 2004
Prairie Lea Cemetery
Brenham
Washington County
Texas, USA
Hill, Abby B 40905464
b. Mar., 1866 d. Apr., 1903
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Hooper, Maria Louisa Barnes 43664817
b. Sep. 17, 1827 d. Apr. 1, 1891
Hingham Cemetery
Hingham
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
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Hyams, Chapman Henry 26824321
b. Jul. 21, 1838 d. Apr. 19, 1923
Metairie Cemetery
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA
Lathrop, Henry Clay 13391303
b. May 20, 1844 d. Apr. 3, 1899
Stanford Family Mausoleum
Palo Alto
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Mature, Victor John 8698
b. Jan. 29, 1913 d. Aug. 4, 1999
Saint Michael Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
McMillan, Hattie Belle 18561221
b. Dec., 1886 d. Oct. 21, 1887
Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery
Aberdeen
Monroe County
Mississippi, USA
Melcher, Clarence LeRoy, Sr 19368
b. Jul. 8, 1912 d. Nov. 18, 1999
Forest Park Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Pastore, Frank 36393899
b. Jul. 27, 1856 d. May 7, 1931
Calvary Cemetery
Denison
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Pastore, Louis 36393717
b. 1897 d. 1908
Calvary Cemetery
Denison
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Pastore, Teresa Mordiglia 36394390
b. May 8, 1875 d. Dec. 4, 1947
Calvary Cemetery
Denison
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Pool, Jennie Lina Roosevelt 19006237
b. 1853 d. 1911
Cypress Lawn Memorial Par...
Colma
San Mateo County
California, USA
Steen, Jeremiah Palmer "J P" 30461116
b. 1840 d. 1908
Oakland and Fraternal His...
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Steen, William E 30461103
b. 1871 d. 1909
Oakland and Fraternal His...
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Teasdale, Rev Thomas Cox 9787116
b. Dec. 2, 1808 d. Apr. 4, 1891
Friendship Cemetery
Columbus
Lowndes County
Mississippi, USA
Trorlicht, John Henry 16766942
b. Feb. 2, 1832 d. Dec. 17, 1898
Calvary Cemetery and Maus...
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Youree, William Scott 5563839
b. Nov. 29, 1872 d. Jan. 15, 1904
Scottsville Cemetery
Scottsville
Harrison County
Texas, USA
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