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Sleeping angel statue, Highgate Cemetery a073906

Sleeping angel statue, Highgate Cemetery a073906


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Filename: aa073906.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4350 (9.0MB)

Date: 24th November 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

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Sleeping angel statue, Highgate Cemetery a073906

HIGHGATE CEMETERY, Hampstead, Greater London. A statue of a sleeping angel. Photographed by John Gay, 1970 s

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This photograph captures the ethereal beauty of a sleeping angel statue nestled within the serene confines of Highgate Cemetery in Hampstead, Greater London. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay during the 1970s, this timeless image transports us to a place where time seems to stand still. The statue itself is an exquisite work of art, exuding tranquility and grace. With its delicate features and serene expression, it emanates a sense of peacefulness that transcends the boundaries between life and death. The intricate details carved into the stone reveal the skillful craftsmanship behind this magnificent sculpture. Surrounded by lush foliage that adds a touch of natural splendor to the scene, this sleeping angel stands as a silent guardian over countless graves in this hallowed cemetery. Its presence evokes both melancholy and comfort—a reminder of our mortality yet also offering solace in knowing that even in eternal slumber, there is beauty to be found. Highgate Cemetery itself holds great historical significance; its gothic architecture and picturesque landscapes have made it an iconic landmark for centuries. This photograph not only captures one particular moment frozen in time but also serves as a testament to the enduring allure of Highgate Cemetery as a whole. John Gay's masterful composition perfectly encapsulates both the solemnity and serenity inherent within these sacred grounds. Through his lens, he invites us into this world where statues come alive with emotion amidst nature's embrace. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing print, we are reminded that even amidst loss and sorrow, there is profound beauty waiting to be discovered if we take a moment to pause and appreciate it fully.

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