John Wright : The Hieroglyph Carver of Londonderry

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

Date

1973

GUSN

GUSN-169832

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Description

Some gravestones leave one confused. What do the symbols represent? What was the meaning of hearts, birds or stars superimposed on skulls? Why do some skulls frown while others smile? Stonecutters' daybooks and diaries from the time didn't talk about designs, but a look at the work of New Hampshire gravestone carver John Wright provides some insight.

Details

Additional Identification Number

Article ID 213

Collection Code

SC001

Collection Name

Old-Time New England

Reference Code

SC001.1973.064.234.002

Abstract

Some gravestones leave one confused. What do the symbols represent? What was the meaning of hearts, birds or stars superimposed on skulls? Why do some skulls frown while others smile? Stonecutters' daybooks and diaries from the time didn't talk about designs, but a look at the work of New Hampshire gravestone carver John Wright provides some insight.

Date Notes

Volume 64, Number 234 (Fall, 1973)

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Record Details

Originator

Peter Benes (Author)

Publications Referencing This Collection

(1973). Old Time New England. Boston, Mass.: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

Description Level

Item

Place of Publication

Boston, Mass.

Publisher

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Publisher Series

Old Time New England