Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Medieval Fonts: Prior Tomb

In an earlier posting on Wesleyan University's 1868 Memorial Chapel, I mentioned that the font used in the datestone is typical of brownstone funerary monuments of the period. This morning, Popi and I went for a walk at Farm Hill Cemetery, and I got a chance to photograph some of these examples. The tomb of Josiah Prior (1808-1886) and his wife Sally (1897-1856) is of the draped obelisk type. The names of the deceased are carved directly on the obelisk, but the family name at the base of the monument protrudes from a recessed frame. Like the Memorial Chapel font, the carver removed the stone around the letters rather than the letters themselves.
Location: 41°32'07.0" N, 72°38'26.4" W
New Farm Hill Cemetery, Middletown, CT 06457

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