Monument to the Smith Family
R. J. Wyatt (1795-1850)
St Mary the Virgin, Merton Park, southwest London
Described as a "Grecian relief with kneeling figure" (Nairn and Pevsner 363), this is a memorial to Isaac and Charles Smith, their nephew Isaac Gragg (later Cragg Smith), and his wife Caroline (see Green 8). It was the gift of Captain Cook's widow, whose mother was a Smith, and who often stayed with her cousins in Merton (see Robson). It is inscribed: "In affectionate memory of the many estimable qualities of her departed relatives." As the inscription also says, the Smiths' family vault adjoins St Mary's chancel. [ Click on the image for a larger picture]
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