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Artists in Highgate Cemetery

This week I continue my series on Deceased Online's 
Highgate Cemetery Collection with an introduction to some of the many artists among its records. Anyone who has strolled around the monuments and foliage of this Magnificent Seven cemeteries is struck by the number of unusual, artistic headstones. Mostly, these belong to artists who chose Highgate as their final resting place. Below I highlight some of the remarkable artists buried here along with images of their memorials.
Artists of all kinds abound in the registers of Highgate Cemetery. These registers, now digitized and available to search on Deceased Online, include the names (and sometimes addresses) of some of the most significant painters, sculptors and illustrators of the 19th and 20th centuries. Buried close by are also their muses. The achievements of painter, Charles Landseer (1799-1879), have been overshadowed by those of his more famous brother, Sir Edwin Landseer. While Edwin is renowned for his animal paintings, such…

Highgate Cemetery - the Victorian era

A deeper look at the Victorian records of 
Deceased Online's 
new Highgate Cemetery Collection Like the other Magnificent Seven cemeteries, Highgate is celebrated for its Victorian funerary architecture, particularly those of the gothic tradition. This week's post highlights some of the lives of the Victorians buried in the north London site.
The Victorian records on Deceased Online cover 1839 to the early 1870s, with a gap between 1863 to 1865. The first burial took place in 1839 in what is now known as the West Cemetery. Fifteen years later, in 1854, the London Cemetery Company sought to expand the burial ground by purchasing the area opposite the cemetery, across Swain's Lane, that now forms the East Cemetery.  Some of the most identifiably Victorian of the monuments and headstones lie in the West Cemetery. These include the celebrated Egyptian Avenue, a walkway bordered by sixteen vaults that leads to the Circle of Lebanon, created by earth taken from around an ancient Ceda…