Episode 6. Trimalchio’s New Tombs: Neo-Antiques in Gotham

I hope you enjoyed the podcast. Here are image of some of the tombs that I mentioned on the show, including the tombs of Albert Parsons (whose wife actually bought the plot for the tomb) and J. S. Bache. In the case of Bache’s tomb, I’ve also included a Bonfils photograph of the Barque Kiosk on Philae, so you can see what Bache and other travelers would have seen. If you click on the link you can get to the high res copy (and other views) on the Library of Congress’s website. I’ve also included pictures of other Egyptianizing tombs in Woodlawn and Green-Wood, including the mausolea of W. F. Woolworth, and the tomb of Alexander Hamilton’s tomb, which has a pyramid over it!

I love cemeteries, and so I hope that you will all go off for a walk in Green-Wood or Woodlawn.

Resources / Further Reading:

Green-Wood’s website – do read their awesome blog.

Woodlawn’s website 

Both cemeteries open the tombs and do cool tours all time, so it’s worth checking it out their offerings.

Books and Articles:

Carrott, Richard G. 1978. The Egyptian Revival: Its Sources, Monuments, and Meaning, 1808–1858. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Giguere, Joy. 2013. ‘ “The Americanized Sphinx”: Civil War Commemoration, Jacob Bigelow, and the Sphinx at Mount Auburn Cemetery’. The Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 3, No. 1, March: 62–84.

Giguere, Joy. 2014. Characteristically American: Memorial Architecture, National Identity, and the Egyptian Revival. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

McDowell, Peggy, and Richard E. Meyer. 1994. The Revival Styles in American Memorial Art. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

Meier, Lauren and Christopher Beagan. 2009. Woodlawn Cemetery. National Historic Landmarks Nomination, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service NPS Form 10-900.

Richman, Jeffrey. 2008. Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure. Revised Edition. Brooklyn: The Cemetery.

Warren, Charles D., Carole Ann Fabian, and Janet Parks, eds. 2014. Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn. New York: Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and The Woodlawn Conservancy.

and a shameless plug for my own work:

“Entombing Antiquity: A New Consideration of Classical and Egyptian Appropriation in the Funerary Architecture of Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City” in  Housing the New Romans: Architectural Reception and the Classical Style in the Modern World, eds. Katharine T. von Stackelberg and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2017), 190–231.

And because the Van Ness-Parson’s pyramid mausoleum is so off the wall, you can read about Albert Parson’s views in his own words in his tome: New Light from the Great Pyramid : The Astronomico-Geographical System of the Ancients Recovered and Applied to the Elucidation of History, Ceremony, Symbolism, and Religion, with an Exposition of the Evolution from the Prehistoric, Objective, Scientific Religion of Adam Kadmon, the Macrocosm, of the Historic, Subjective, Spiritual Religion of Christ Jesus, the Microcosm. New York : Metaphysical Pub. Co., 1893. (also available for free from google play)

And do check out Nicholas Cage’s tomb in New Orleans!