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Adams Memorial, Rock Creek Cemetery, Section E

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1886–1891, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White. Webster St. and Rock Creek Church Rd. NW
  • Adams Memorial, Rock Creek Cemetery, Section E (Franz Jantzen)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens's and Stanford White's memorial to Marian Adams (commonly, but mistakenly, called “Grief”) is not a portrait of the wife of historian and author Henry Adams, who had died a suicide in 1885, but rather a contemplative, introspective sibyl that expresses the intellectualized pantheism of its patron and designers. White designed a simple granite stele and plinth with low, angular wings as an elegant foil for Saint-Gaudens's seated and cloaked bronze figure, setting the whole amidst a sacred holly grove.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Adams Memorial, Rock Creek Cemetery, Section E", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 289-290.

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