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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.
February 12th, 2012
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