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The original Angel of Grief in Rome.

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Angel of Grief is an 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story which serves as the grave stone of the artist and his wife at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome.

A replica located in Palo Alto, California was made in 1901 to honor Henry Lathrop, brother to Jane Stanford, Stanford University co-founder, but was severely damaged in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, leading to its replacement in 1908. After years of neglect, the 1908 replacement was fully restored in 2001.[1][2]

This style of monument is also referred to as "Weeping Angel."

Copies or replicas in the United States

pictured in Victorian Cemetery Art
pictured in New Orleans Architecture, Volume lll: the Cemeteries
  • Di Cesare Monument, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, NY
pictured in Memorial Art, Ancient and Modern
  • Lathrop Memorial, Stanford Arboretum, Stanford University, California, Antonio Bernieri, sculptor, 1908
A photo of the Memorial after the 1906 quake, showing the fallen canopy.
pictured in Permanent Californians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of California This memorial is about 3/4 scale compared to the Lathrop Memorial.
pictured in Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art From America's Heartland
  • Three Texas Angels of Grief, [1]
Glenwood Cemetery in Houston,
Scottsville-Youree Cemetery in Scottsville,
Calvary Cemetery in Denison.
  • Chapel of the Chimes Memorial, California, Hayward
  • Reverend Thomas Teasdale monument, Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Mississippi

Copies or replicas in the United Kingdom

Copies or replicas in Canada

This replica is visible at the end of the 2010 movie Charlie St. Cloud.

Copies or replicas in Costa Rica

pictured in


Link to more images at Flickr.

Reproductions in popular culture

Pictures of the statue appear on the covers of Evanescence EP by Evanescence (1998), Once by Nightwish (2004), Embossed Dream in Four Acts by Odes Of Ecstasy (1998) and Letanías: Capítulo III by Anabantha (2006). All four bands have arguably gothic influences. It is also featured on the album art of The Edges of Twilight by The Tea Party (1995). It was also used in the documentary Flight from Death.


  • Bliss, Harry A., Memorial Art, Ancient and Modern, Harry A Bliss, Monument Photographer, Buffalo N.Y., 1912 p176
  • Brown, John Gary, Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art From America's Heartland, University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas, 1994
  • Culbertson Randall, Permanent Californians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of California, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Chelsea Vermont, 1989
  • Christovich, Huber, McDowell, photographs by Betsy Swanson, New Orleans Architecture, Volume lll: the Cemeteries, Pelican Publishing Co., Gretna, 1997
  • Gillon, Edmond V., Victorian Cemetery Art, Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1972
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, America's Cemetery Sculpture, unpublished manuscript
  • Richman, Jeff, author of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery New York’s Buried Treasure, phone interview with E. E. Kvaran, September, 2006

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