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Rossetti's Grave [Jul. 23rd, 2017|11:03 am]
Tony Grist
Dante Gabriel Rossetti had no particular connection with Birchington (near Margate) except that he was staying there when he died. He hadn't wanted to be buried with his wife- Lizzie Siddall (whose grave he'd unromantically dug up to retrieve the poems he'd romantically sealed in her coffin) and he was too rock and roll for the Abbey so they buried him where he dropped (so to speak)- by the south porch of Birchington church. The monument- which features the figures of Dante and Beatrice- with whom Rossetti had a life-long obsession- and St Luke, patron saint of painters- was designed by Rossetti's old mentor and mucker in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Ford Madox Brown.


[User Picture]From: charliemc
2017-07-24 08:40 am (UTC)
A beautiful photo... I love cemeteries...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-07-24 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Me too!
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-07-24 10:58 am (UTC)
Fascinating .. next timei am in the area i will have a look myself. Thanks
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-07-24 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'd no idea Rossetti was buried in Birchington ahead of my visit.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-07-24 11:48 am (UTC)
Um. Very Victorian.

I prefer the lovely headstone in the background with the skulls...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-07-24 12:33 pm (UTC)
Same here.

I tend to ignore Victorian monuments unless they're extraordinary. I'd have ignored this one too if I hadn't caught sight of the name....
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