E.J.Wilkins

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Southampton Old Cemetery


The Pearce Memorial

This is one face of the beautiful memorial for Robert Pierce (1792-1861).

The sculpture shows the three graces, Faith, Hope and Charity and was designed by Richard Cockle Lucas. It is a Grade II Listed monument.

There is more information about the memorial, along with another picture - here -

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Out of interest, could you move from side to side and see if the face/eyes seem to follow you, it does on my monitor and I'm wondering if I'm imagining things.

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For other pictures of memorials please look at this group of pictures - Southampton Old Cemetery -
Each one has information about the memorial and as much as I can find about the individuals whose lives they celebrate.
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Southampton Old Cemetery


The Pearce Memorial

This is one face of the beautiful memorial for Robert Pierce (1792-1861).

The sculpture shows the three graces, Faith, Hope and Charity and was designed by Richard Cockle Lucas. It is a Grade II Listed monument.

There is more information about the memorial, along with another picture - here -

.....

Out of interest, could you move from side to side and see if the face/eyes seem to follow you, it does on my monitor and I'm wondering if I'm imagining things.

.....

For other pictures of memorials please look at this group of pictures - Southampton Old Cemetery -
Each one has information about the memorial and as much as I can find about the individuals whose lives they celebrate.
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comments (19)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2008, 01:50
It is funny, how the eyes move like that. Kind of spooky, Ellie, but I love this picture all the same. It is a very nice memorial.
EJWilkins: It's an astonishingly beautiful memorial
Opss! Ellie! In this occasion the image has not caught my attention like in other occasions!
EJWilkins: Don't worry, it is more a "record" picture than an attempt at being artistic or eye-catching. No se preocupe, él es más un " record" cuadro que una tentativa en ser artístico o llamativo.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2008, 02:57
Yes they do seem to follow me
EJWilkins: Clever, isn't it
  • FLOOG
  • The caves of my mind
  • 30 Nov 2008, 05:33
Ah yes, I have found a way of perching underneath the monitor and rising up very quickly, that way I can beat the speed of her eyes falling on me... ha ha

I have a water feature of the three graces in my garden which was my late Grandfather's favourite piece, so this photograph is kind of significant and special as it instantly brings back the happiness of times spent with him prior to his passing a few months ago smile
EJWilkins: I wonder if your water feature might have been based on this one, perhaps without the wings?
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2008, 06:34
Powerful perspective. Nice details. Beautiful.
EJWilkins: I think she has a beautiful face
Ahh...the Victorians really knew how to celebrate death Ellie. I think you're right about the eyes BTW
EJWilkins: They certainly did, and it celebrated life too - a good life
It's a fine monument Ellie. The eye thing didn't happen for mesmile
EJWilkins: It could be simply to do with monitors
Fulkl of Gothic sentimental ideals, Ellie. Good photo as usual.
EJWilkins: Yep, and reassuring for the living
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 30 Nov 2008, 08:57
Right, I'm off on my bike to go to look at this in real life. I've walked through the Cemetery many times but not noticed this before. So, as well as having fine detail, your image has inspired me!

I get a "Page not found" when I try to follow your link.
EJWilkins: Link fixed by changing it to the folder rather than the individual picture. Hopefully it'll be as useful.
Do you want to know where this and other "important" memorials are? There's a plan on the council site, graves are indexed on the FOSOC site, I can give you slightly easier directions if you like
You are right, Ellie, it's not a spooky effect just on your screen. The eyes follow me too. However, this is a really calm, peaceful, serene face. I like it.
EJWilkins: No I didn't think it was spooky either, very clever work by the craftsman
Great capture of this fine monument Ellie. You're right about the eyes!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2008, 12:58
Love the detail on this Ellie. I can't say I noticed the eyes following me as they appear to be blank - you need a pupil for that, like in many old paintings.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: I thought that about needing a pupil, but in this case it seems to be the whole face, could be a trick of a monitor perhaps?
Well worth moving in for the close-up shot Ellie. The eyes do as you say, most alarming.
EJWilkins: Not easy to get in close with something that's so tall, the three ladies are beautiful
Fine texture on the statue. Good shot Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Albert
Lovely capture, Ellie. Yep! The eyes do `follow`. Just keeping an eye on things, I guess. (:o)
EJWilkins: *groan* wink
I think we have to be careful about the eye movement... It is easy for us to be seduced into believing that they do follow once the idea has been suggested to us.

I love the sculptural detail.
richard
EJWilkins: Interesting thought. Some artists and sculptors had/have the skill to create images whose eyes appear to follow whoever is looking at their creation. I think this is one of those, and I've absolutely no idea how they manage it.
Another kind of bird smile smile
EJWilkins: A very special kind of bird
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 30 Nov 2008, 18:30
Well done Ellie,your posting 02/11/2008 was also very well captured.Your Autumn Fruits,and Birds series have been a real delight. Today i spent some time watching Stone Chats having a great time in the Gorse. Love your photoblog.
EJWilkins: Thank you so much for your comment Graham.

You were so lucky to see Stonechats, were they near Southsea?
  • martie
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2008, 22:56
Really great image - love the POV!
EJWilkins: Thanks Martie

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