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Highgate Cemetery, London

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by dabbler, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 5, 2011
    Rain washed out Hampstead Heath's views across London, but the sights in Highgate Cemetery East nearby proved a bit more water-resistant! Famous 'residents' include Karl Marx, George Eliot, Herbert Spencer and Douglas Adams.

    'A man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what's a heaven for?'

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    'Nature's Embrace'

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    'All that is solid melts into air'

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    'Stating the obvious' (Patrick Caulfield)

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  2. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Nice set, good presentation and excellent commentary.
    Throughly enjoyed it.
     
  3. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 5, 2011
    Thanks Alan! I'm trying to reach beyond my grasp (else what's a hobby for?:wink:) and am so glad you enjoyed my post!
     
  4. 43hk

    43hk Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 26, 2010
    HK
    Nice set. Who's was the DEAD tombstone?
    Quite a statement.
     
  5. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 5, 2011
    Thanks 43hk! The DEAD grave is Patrick Caulfield's (sorry, my caption was vague).

    This is the obit the cemetery leaflet gives:

    "Caulfield, Patrick, 1936-2005. Considered to be one of the great British painters of the late 20th century. Although his work is often described as 'pop art' he dismissed that saying that such art is 'social realism without the realism' [whatever *that* means!:biggrin:] His most striking works are of colourful interiors which suggest that people have just left or are about to enter. The memorial is to his own design."

    I think it's the baldest statement I've seen in a cemetery! To be honest I'd never heard of him before, but, looking at his works on the internet, he seems to like flat, intense colour juxtapositions, so it feels like a lucky accident that the most colourful woman in the cemetery happened to be standing there!