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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. Beautiful sculptures like the above can be found spread across Highgate Cemetery. 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. "Cromwell in the Battle of Naseby" by Charles Landseer RA The achievement

Highgate Cemetery - the Victorian era

A deeper look at the Victorian records of  Deceased Online's  new  Highgate Cemetery Collection Some of the Victorian monuments and headstones in Highgate Cemetery 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, i n 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.  The Terrace Catacombs are located at the highest point of Highgate's West Cemetery Some of the most identifiably Victorian of the monuments and headstones lie in the Wes