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Foss monument, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.

PC001.04.01.USMA.0280.0020.001 (RS18536)

Description

A stereograph of the Jacob Foss monument in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The monument is in the form of a granite obelisk, surmounted by a religious figure holding a book or Bible. Masonic symbols are cut into the stone. There are two inscriptions on the front of the monument, the higher one of which reads: Make us eternal truths receive, and practice all that we believe. This is taken from a poem/hymn variously attributed to Charlemage and Rabanus Maurus under the title, "Veni Creator Spiritus". A marble sculpture of a lamb sits on a table in front of the monument and next to a garden seat. The monument is on lot number 719 and is located on Snowdrop Path. Jacob Foss was a businessman and philanthropist from Cornish, New Hampshire who lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts and died in 1866. He first married Mehitable Clark and then remarried to Martha Abbie Howland.

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Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Date Notes
ca. 1860
Physical Description
1 stereograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000355
AccessID: 538
Other identifier: HNEDID-000355
GUSN
195215
Reference Code
PC001.04.01.USMA.0280.0020.001

Record details

Originator
Barnum, Deloss (photographer)
Other People
Foss, Jacob, 1793-1866
Other Organizations
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Mass.)
Descriptive Terms
Egyptian Revival
cemeteries
funerary sculpture
garden seats
granite (rock)
lambs
marble (rock)
obelisks (monumental pillars)
sepulchral monuments
tables (support furniture)
Material Type
photographs
stereographs
Subjects
Freemasonry
Snowdrop Path (Mount Auburn Cemetery)
Places
Mount Auburn (Cambridge, Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [part of inhabited place]
Location Note
Stereo views: Mass.: Cambridge: Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Comments

Foss Monument - Mount Auburn Cemetery #

AvatarPosted by David Russo on October 28, 2011
The Foss Monument is actually in the Watertown portion of Mount Auburn Cemetery.