The Grave of Charles Spencer Ricketts (1788-1867)

William Burges

Kensal Green Cemetery


Kensal Green Cemetery describes this funerary monument for Ricketts, a naval commander who had served under Nelson and married an heiress, as "an atrociously rich Gothic shrine'. . . . The raised sarcophagus, decorated with shields, is enclosed by eight red Peterhead granite colonnettes and rests on stubby colonnettes of green Cornish serpentine; the canopy sports cusped arches, gargoyles, crockets and finials galore."

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