Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Broken Pitcher

This monument, not too far from the Charles Webster obelisk on the South Ridge, has some unique imagery on its north face. 

A niche depicts a stone well with a carved cascade of water pouring down over a pitcher lying in pieces (a reference to the Old Testament's Book of Ecclesiastes).  This tall marble monument is showing many signs of wear; the stone is blackening and a long crack is visible running upwards from the well.  Above the niche is a lovely garland of carved roses (not shown here).  The style is reminiscent of some of Robert Launitz's work.

This monument marks the grave of James Morrow who died in 1859 at the age of sixty-nine.  A city business directory for 1849-50 lists a James Morrow at the corner of Broadway and Ferry Street, but does not list any occupation.

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