Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn Connecting the Present with the Past - Page 7

sweet auburn | 2019 volume i side. The memorial tells the deeply personal story of Binney’s widow, who brought his remains back to the United States from Italy to be buried in her family lot at Mount Auburn. Martin Milmore’s beautiful marble angel, commissioned by the Coppenhagen family in 1872 to convey the likeness of their daughter Maria, expresses the melancholy sentimentality and emotion typical of post– Civil War American art. Similarly, the marble cradle that commemorates young Mary Wigglesworth, who died of diphtheria in 1888 before reaching her second birthday, evokes the memory of the lost child: her mortal presence is felt in the stone pillow within the cradle, which appears to bear the fresh imprint of a child’s head. The Harnden Monument commemorates the civic accomplishments of William Frederick Harnden, who pioneered the idea of express services in this country. After his death, the Express Companies of America raised money for the elaborate memorial, designed by local carver Thomas A. Carew in 1866. Laden with symbolism, this large monument commemorates the success of the Express Companies. The 1847 memorial for Unitarian Minister and social reformer William Ellery Channing is significant both historically, because of Rev. Channing’s importance to the history of Massachusetts and the Unitarian Church, and artistically, as a sculpture designed by an important artist: Channing’s brother-in-law, Washington Allston. Most recently conserved, the monument to Samuel Appleton on Cedar Hill—a miniature Grecian Temple with low-relief pilasters topped by Corinthian capitals— exemplifies 1830s–40s classical inspiration of Europe. (See article on pp. 6-7.) Caring for our monument collection is one of the Cemetery’s biggest challenges, and relies on contributed support. The preservation of these seven significant monuments has been made possible by individual donations, grants, and funds from the Preservation Endowment Fund created in honor of Cemetery President William C. Clendaniel upon his retirement from Mount Auburn in June 2008. As we look ahead, our next priority will be planning for conservation of the large Whitney Monument in the Stone Farm area of the Cemetery. Carved by the Italian artist Nicola Cantalamessa-Papotti in 1883, the monument commemorates lumber dealer Charles Whitney. It depicts a magnificent angel with outstretched wings atop a large sarcophagus with a putto (a winged figure of a child) at its feet. Significant losses and dramatic erosion of the stone have made this memorial a top priority. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery invites your help in preserving one of these most significant monuments on our grounds. Laser cleaning, Harnden Monument, © Daedalus, 2016. Detail of marble wings, Coppenhagen Monument, 2017. 5