, by Henry Hugh Armstead (1828-1905). c.1878. Carrarra marble. The Beer Mausoleum, Highgate (Western) Cemetery, Swain's Lane, Highgate, London N6.
The centrepiece of Julius Beer's unusual and impressive family mausoleum, located high up in a key position in the Western Cemetery, is a moving relief by Armstead showing a little girl being raised up by an angel. The child represented here was Beer's daughter Ada, who had died in 1875 at the age of eight. This sculptor's work is often seen as heralding the New Sculpture, and this is a lovely example of his graceful style and evocative touch. A sketch for the monument in the Royal Academy suggests that at first he had the child's mother in mind as a model for the angel ("Henry Hugh Armstead").
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