The Grave ofAndrew Ducrow (1793-1842)

Kensal Green Cemetery

London.

This Graeco-Egyptian mausoleum, designed ostensibly for his wife, but mainly (as the epitaph says) "by genius for the reception of its own remains." Condemned in The Builder in 1856 as a piece of "ponderous coxcombry. "

Ducrow was a circus stunt rider as well as the owner and producer of the wildly successful hippodramas, The Battle of Waterloo and Mazeppa. Note one of the flanking sphinxes in right-hand corner. See also winged horse visible on left of relief. Other motifs included shells, beehives, angels etc.

Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee 2007.

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