TQ2272 : Image of a sailing ship, on the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery

taken 9 years ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

Image of a sailing ship, on the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
Image of a sailing ship, on the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
There are eight images of ships carved on the tomb-chest: three on either side, one at each end - though one of those is obscured by the image of a ship's compass. All seem to be based on the same model - a three-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the main and fore-masts, fore-and-aft rigged on the mizzen (making it, I believe, a barque).

All round the chest runs a frieze of angular waves - an almost child-like means of conjuring up the sea. On the right in this photo is what I take to be the sun, its rays wrapping round the corner of the chest.

The sculptor was Alfred Gerrard (1899-1998), who - according to Wikipedia - had in the past painted murals as part of the decoration of ocean liners, no doubt for White Star Line. I find it intriguing that the Ismays turned to him, rather than commissioning a design from, say, Lutyens - who would have produced something far more formal. Did the Ismays consider Gerrard a family friend?

See also: TQ2272 : Here lies the father of the Titanic: the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
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Sunday, 15 April, 2012   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 19 April, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 222 722 [100m precision]
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