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Highgate Cemetery a074736

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Filename: aa074736.jpg

Size: 4346 x 4335 (11.6MB)

Date: 22nd 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 a074736

HIGHGATE CEMETERY, Hampstead, London. Statue of an angel pointing skywards above a tomb in the East Cemetery. Photographed by John Gay in 1985

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Cemetery Grave Yard Statue


EDITORS COMMENTS
Highgate Cemetery: A Haven of Tranquility and Historical Splendor Highgate Cemetery, located in the heart of Hampstead, London, is a unique and enchanting place where history, nature, and art come together in a harmonious blend. This evocative photograph, taken by John Gay in 1985, captures the essence of this extraordinary cemetery with its angel statue gazing skyward above a tomb in the East Cemetery. The East Cemetery, established in 1839, is a masterpiece of Victorian garden cemeteries, a movement that aimed to provide a more peaceful and picturesque alternative to overcrowded churchyards. The cemetery's winding paths, dotted with mausoleums, monuments, and sculptures, offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The statue of the angel, with its outstretched wings and upward gaze, adds a sense of serenity and spirituality to the scene. The delicate play of light and shadow on the tomb and the surrounding foliage creates a hauntingly beautiful tableau, inviting contemplation and reflection. Highgate Cemetery is not just a place of rest for the deceased but also a living testament to the rich history and culture of London. It has been the final resting place for many notable figures, including Douglas Adams, the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and George Elliot, the renowned Victorian novelist. John Gay's photograph is a poignant reminder of the beauty and significance of Highgate Cemetery, a place where the past and the present converge, inviting us to pause and appreciate the fleeting nature of life.

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