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Wickham Family Cemetery Angel

Description

"For the family cemetery on Wickham Road, Wickham sculpted an angel to preside over his son Ernest’s grave. The angel conveys an introspective character very different from Wickham’s historical works on Buck Smith Road. Even in this sentimental image, the artist’s practical side shows through in his use of bare nails on the edges of the angel’s wings, presumably to discourage birds from perching there.

The precise date of the angel’s creation has not been determined, but family members remember that it was completed after the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today the angel guards the headstones Wickham created for himself and his wife Annie, which are located on either side of Ernest’s grave."- quoted text is from the 2001 Customs House Museum Online Wickham Exhibit.

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Wickham Cemetery Cemetery Angel by Flagpole Cemetery Angel Angel close-up
Wickham Family Cemetery Cemetery Angel by Flagpole Cemetery Angel Cemetery Angel Closeup

Inscriptions
(Base of cemetery flagpole)

THEY SAY I WOULD FORSAKE THE FLAG OF MY NATIVE LAND,
BUT WOE UNTO THE FOE OR STRANGER WHOSE SACRILEGIOUS HAND WOULD TOUCH THEE OR ENDANGER FLAG OF MY NATIVE LAND
The above quotation is also found on the base of the flagpole by the Wickham Cabin on Buck Smith Road.

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