An Angel Raising Up​ ​a Young Girl, Beer Mausoleum, Highgate ​(Western) ​Cemetery, by H. H. Armstead
An Angel Raising ​up a Young Girl, Beer Mausoleum, Highgate​ ​Cemetery, by Henry​ ​Hugh

An Angel Raising up a Young Girl (Ada Beer), 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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Photograph ​by ​Robert Freidus, reproduced here by kind permission of Highgate Cemetery. Text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee.


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