Monument to Andrew Newton,” by Richard Westmacott

Monument to Andrew Newton

Richard Westmacott, Sr (1747-1808)


Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire

Standing monument to Andrew Newton in the south transept. Newton was the philanthropist who founded Newton's College in the Cathedral Close. This is rather a typical memorial for its time, because of the classical robes and the weeping woman draped over the stele. The children represent those whom Newton helped: the "college" was originally intended as housing for widows and orphaned children of clergyman. (Commentary continues below.)

Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2013.

The photographs are reproduced here” by kind permission of the Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral. Click on the images for larger pictures.