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Filename: aa074510.jpg

Size: 4328 x 4359 (11.1MB)

Date: 3rd December 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

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Highgate Cemetery a074510

HIGHGATE CEMETERY, Hampstead, London. Statue of a young woman holding a cross carved in the form of a tree, marks the grave of Emily Marianne Wilson, hidden amongst the woodland of the West Cemetery. Photographed by John Gay, May 1989

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Cemetery Grave Yard Sculpture Statue Wood Land


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This print captures the ethereal beauty of Highgate Cemetery, nestled in the heart of Hampstead, London. The focal point is a mesmerizing statue of a young woman gracefully holding a cross intricately carved in the form of a tree. This poignant sculpture marks the final resting place of Emily Marianne Wilson, whose grave lies hidden amidst the enchanting woodland within West Cemetery. Photographed by John Gay in May 1989, this image perfectly encapsulates the serene and mystical atmosphere that permeates throughout Highgate Cemetery. The lush greenery surrounding the statue creates an otherworldly backdrop, as if nature itself is paying homage to this solemn memorial. The delicate craftsmanship evident in both the statue and its symbolic cross evokes a sense of reverence and introspection. It serves as a powerful reminder that even in death, life continues to flourish all around us. Highgate Cemetery has long been renowned for its architectural splendor and historical significance. With its Victorian-era tombs and meandering pathways shrouded by ancient trees, it stands as a testament to London's rich past. This photograph not only captures one individual's story but also invites viewers to contemplate their own mortality while marveling at humanity's ability to create enduring works of art amid somber surroundings. John Gay's masterful composition allows us to glimpse into this sacred space where time seems suspended; where memories are preserved through stone and nature intertwines with remembrance.

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