Jacques Pierre Paul Raverat

Jacques Pierre Paul Raverat

Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 6 Mar 1925 (aged 39)
Vence, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 124999080 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Jacques RAVERAT may be buried in Cannes or Vence*; a search for his grave in the area is currently on!

* The two likely burial locations are: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, (or cimetière du centre de Vence), and Cimetière de la Sine de Vence?

"Il existe des cimetières de militaires, ou de grands industriels, selon les régions, les activités. Le cimetière central de Vence témoigne de l’attraction ancienne des artistes sur la côte, en particulier des figures littéraires. Moins connu que celui de Saint-Paul-de-Vence (où repose en particulier Chagall), il n’en possède pas moins pas mal de tombeaux qui éveilleront l’intérêt du taphophile. Le cimetière témoigne également de l’importante présence de la communauté anglo-saxonne.Les divisions proches de l’entrée, les plus anciennes, sont très blanches et minérales, comme dans tous les cimetières de la région. Vers le fond, les divisions plus récentes laissent davantage de place à la végétation, et à des tombes à la fois moins massives et plus personnalisées." [Cimetière du centre de Vence.]

Pronounced Rav-er-rar.

Raverat was the son of Georges Pierre Raverat and Helena Lorena Raverat, nee Coran.

He married the English painter and wood engraver Gwendoline 'Gwen' Darwin in 1911' She was the daughter of Sir George Darwin and Lady Maud Darwin, née Maud du Puy, and granddaughter of Charles Darwin.

They had two daughters, Elisabeth (1916 - 2014), who married the Norwegian politician Edvard Hambro and Sophie Jane (1919-2011) who first married the Cambridge scholar M.G.M. Pryor and later Charles Gurney. Raverat suffered from a form of multiple sclerosis and died following complications of it, 'assisted' by his wife with a pillow.

Before relocating, in 1920, to Vence in France the couple were active members of an intellectual circle known as the "Neo-Pagans" and centred round Rupert Brooke. They also moved on the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group, whose members included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Vanessa Bell and Lytton Strachey.

Note: Charles Darwin's one and only son-in-law:

Richard Litchfield

is buried in the Cimetière du Grand Jas de Cannes, Cannes.

Is Jacques RAVERAT buried in the same cemetery where D.H. LAWRENCE once was? Here are the clues:

The first is Virginia Woolf's lengthy 1931 letter to Ethyl Smyth (L 4, 421), in which she sketches out Gwen and Jacques' life together, dwelling particularly on Jacques' death. The second is that in 1932 Virginia and Leonard made a detour to visit D. H. Lawrence's grave in Vence. Thoughts of Jacques may well have played a role in bringing them to Vence, even if there is no mention of Jacques in her diary or her letters at that time. In her diary she noted: “We saw Lawrence’s Phoenix picked out in coloured pebbles at Vence today, among all the fretted lace tombs” [D IV 159]. “Lawrence’s Phoenix” referred to the decoration on the grave’s headstone, a pebble mosaic commissioned by Frieda Lawrence, and designed by Dominique Matteucci. In a letter to Dorothy Brett, Woolf acidly, if accurately, described the mosaic as follows, “We saw his grave at Vence—what a fate for a man who loved beauty—a kind of plum pudding it seemed to me, raised by the local mason” [L V 202].

Lawrence was buried beside a south-facing wall in the Vence cemetery. In addition to Frieda and Barby, her daughter by her previous marriage, the small group of mourners included the Huxleys and their friend Robert Nichols, an English poet living in Villefranche. At the time, no one thought that, exactly five years later, another small group would gather in carré 7 of Vence cemetery to witness Lawrence’s exhumation. In the time between burial and disinterment, Leonard and Virginia Woolf, on their way home from a holiday in Italy, had made a side trip to Vence to visit the grave – and, it being 1933, found him 'in'.


See more Raverat memorials in:



  • Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
  • Added: 11 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124999080
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacques Pierre Paul Raverat (20 Mar 1885–6 Mar 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124999080, ; Maintained by Martin Douglas Packer (contributor 47912178) Unknown.