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Cheri Randolph

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Westminster, Ma - United States

All time favorite! F/V

Cheri Randolph replied:

Sharon, Thanks for commenting and giving such generous support to this one. It's one of my favorite cemetery sculptures, too.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Sandra, Thanks so much for the feature of "Blue" in the Memories & Nostalgia Group!

Mesa, AZ - United States

Wonderful photograph - so much emotion. v

Cheri Randolph replied:

Marcia, you're correct - it's difficult to see it and not be touched. Thanks for voting.

Hyderabad, an - India

wonderful v/f

Cheri Randolph replied:

Johnson, Thanks for your compliment and generous support!

New Orleans, LA - United States

Nadine & Bob, Thanks! I really appreciate the feature of "Blue" in your group, USA Artist News!

New Orleans, LA - United States

jrr, Thanks! I appreciate your feature of "Blue" in the Gothic Romance Group!

Daytona Beach, FL - United States

Wonderful image!! f/v

Cheri Randolph replied:

Thanks, Deborah. Appreciate your f/v!

Sandy Hook, KY - United States

Captured that blue hue on her back lovely

Cheri Randolph replied:

Sandra, Thanks for your compliment!

Fruita, CO - United States

v14, very nice, the blue window really adds to the image.

Cheri Randolph replied:

Bob, Thanks for visiting and voting. Glad to have your positive input.

Fort Worth, TX - United States

what a great image I love how you have some blue reflected off the sculpture. v

Cheri Randolph replied:

Joan, thanks for your comment & vote. What's so interesting about the placement of the tomb, is that it is angled to take advantage of the sun coming through the window. This was in Winter, when only a little light comes through. I'm hoping to go back in Summer when there is more reflection on the angel.

Thisted, N. - Denmark

I see why :-). Favorited

New Orleans, LA - United States

Eric, thanks. She's one of my favorites.

Thisted, N. - Denmark

Beautiful shot, very vibrant. v

New Orleans, LA - United States

First Star Art, thanks for the feature of "Blue" in your group Loving the COLOR BLUE.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Mark, thanks for visiting. I'm glad to have your nice feedback.

Milwaukee, WI - United States

Simply gorgeous.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Bonnie, Thanks for your comment. You're correct when you see the sculpture, it is exceptionally moving. Thanks also for the F/V

Long Prairie, MN - United States

This has such an emotional feeling to it, wonderful! V/F

New Orleans, LA - United States

Cindy, thanks for your comment. This particular sculpture touches so many who see it because it is so very emotional. I appreciate your v/f.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Gun, I am complimented that you noticed this one. I've heard a story that this tomb is positioned so that the maximum disbursement of blue light is noticed at the point of the Summer Equinox. I plan to go back in the next few days to try and get another shot. We'll see if it is true. Thanks for your comment & f/v!

Grants Pass, OR - United States

I have 3 sisters and know that this is how I would feel were I to loose any of them... Lovely capture of a gorgeous sculpture! Thank you for sharing it with us Cheri! v/f

Bollebygd - Sweden

As you maybe notice, I have a great love for these cemetary sculptutres. The light from the blue window gives this a magic touch, fv

New Orleans, LA - United States

Nicla, thanks for your nice comment & vote.

Pavia, PV - Italy

voted this one too! Wonderful

New Orleans, LA - United States

Steven, thanks for your compliment. I'm glad that you picked up the double entendre of the title.

Alexandria, VA - United States

Lovely image, and the title fits this perfectly.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Marilyn, thanks for the feature in "I Believe in Angels".

New Orleans, LA - United States

Marilyn, thanks for the compliment.

Toronto, ON - Canada

This is a beautiful photo, if you would like you can send it to my group 'I believe in angels'. :) Marilyn

New Orleans, LA - United States

Joy, I am deeply touched that this piece meant so much to you. Sisterhood is such a strong bond, that I'm confident your sister's spirit will be with you as you take steps toward healing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

San Francisco, CA - United States

Oh how beautiful! When I read the comments and saw that this tomb has the inscription, "Sister", my heart just broke all over again. My sister passed away last month. I really love angel tombstones...but this one is the loveliest I've ever seen. Favorited.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Hi Steve, Yes it's a very moving piece located in Metairie Cemetery. One story goes that it was erected for Sara Lavinia Todd Hyams, wife of Chapman H. Hyams, who died while traveling in New York in 1914. There is an inscription of "Sister" across the bottom, and I have heard that Sara first placed it there for her sister who preceded her in death. Thanks for the v/f!

Bolton, ON - Canada

What a moving sculpture, Cheri! Is this in Metairie Cemetery? I shot in there and was amazed by the tombs. v/f

New Orleans, LA - United States

Lori, Thanks. This is one of my favorites.

New Hope, MN - United States

Beautiful! It says it all. Vote

Pensacola, FL - United States

You are very welcome Cheri! Beautiful!

New Orleans, LA - United States

Karen, thanks so much for featuring "Blue" in the Art Gulf Coast group.

New Orleans, LA - United States

Caroline, Thanks for your favorable comment. It is a very moving sculpture commissioned by a lady in the early 1900s for her sister.

Nelspruit, Mp - South Africa

Love your photographs. This is so well captured. It speaks to the heart. Very spiritual work.

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Title

Blue

Artist

Cheri Randolph

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Shown in the photograph is the grieving angel sculpture located in the Chapman Hyams tomb in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana. Chapman Hyams was a millionaire stock broker in New Orleans and an art collector. He had many business interests, including holdings in the St. Charles Hotel Company, the Louisiana Jockey Club, and The Times-Picayune Publishing Company. He was also a member of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange, the Stock Exchange, the New Orleans Club, the Boston Club and the Southern Yacht Club. Hyams had a mausoleum built to house family remains in the Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, the marble statuary monument to his sisters was the first weeping angel. He died in April 1923, and he, too, was buried in the Hyams mausoleum.

The mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery was designed by Favrot & Livaudais, one of the leading architectural firms at the end of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. It is a Greek temple with free-standing Ionic columns on all four sides, made of granite from the quarries of Stone Mountain, Ga. Inside are a large blue stained-glass window and two smaller ones with a floral theme, that cast light on the marble statue of a grieving angel. The windows are likely Tiffany, simply because it was The place to purchase such glass, and most such tombs were frankly built by those wealthy enough to afford it.


Note: This image has been processed using a digital watercolor filter. It will reproduce most effectively printed on watercolor paper or Somerset Velvet.

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