Friday, May 07, 2010

Ghosts of Newport Past - Victorian Marble

I wandered through Island Cemetery again yesterday, and what caught my eye this time was all the Victorian-era marble scattered about. The Victorians may have been straight-laced in how they behaved, but their arts went right up over the top - ornate, full of flourishes, exotic (the fascination with all things oriental reached its peak during the Victorian era), neo-Gothic. The marble stones in Island Cemetery from that era reflect all of that. Here are the best examples of what I found yesterday.

© 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. I can understand the comfort of cemeteries. I can admit and look in the face that desire of mine for a monument of some kind. But I'm not going to allow it.

    The contrast here between the stones and the spring green is DEFINITELY haunting.

  2. Built To Last. I love graveyards.Strangly, I Find Them Comforting.Yes, I love the contrast too between Stone+Green.
    Have A Fine Weekend Roy.

  3. When I think of Victorian ornamentation, it is over the top with cherubs and urns and whatnot. But some of these tombstones are wonderful works of art and the engraved names are fantastic.


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