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This sad but beautiful effigy of a child in Romsey Abbey was sculpted by her father, Francis Taylor, who was a doctor, surgeon, Justice of the Peace, Mayor of Romsey in 1854/5, as well as an accomplished sculptor.

Little Alice died in 1843 of scarlet fever at the age of 2 years and 5 months. Her grieving father kept her memory alive with this life-size memorial of his daughter lying asleep with a rosebud in her hand, broken at the stem. It is said that when she fell ill her father brought her a rose from the garden and she was still clutching it when she died. She had only been ill 4 days. Her charming, if sentimental, effigy is a poignant reminder that in Victorian times death was a frequent visitor in nearly every home, and that even in a doctor’s household there were few remedies for illness other than trying to improve a patient’s natural resistance to disease.
“Is it well with the child? It is well”, a Biblical quotation, is carved on the side.

There was a ”Do Not Touch” sign on the figure, which I requested be taken off for my photography, otherwise it would have required considerable cloning.
V2 shows a larger version.

Pamela.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:7.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:+0.67
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Little Alice Taylor
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:21 Dec 2012 - 3:43 PM
Tags:Architecture, Asleep, Child, Memorial, Romsey abbey, Rose, Sculpture, Tribute
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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 3:50 PM

A very moving picture, it least we have modern medicines now, but even that is not always enough to save a Loved One,
well taken,
Ali SmileSmile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 3:58 PM

What a beautiful effigy, Pamela, well captured. Carol

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 4:03 PM

Great detail and colour reproduction in this beautiful sculpture.

Best Matt

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
21 Dec 2012 - 4:04 PM

What a beautiful, sad picture. A lovely memorial to his daughter.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom986 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 4:08 PM

It's many years since I saw this but I do remember it!
I'm going for V2 here, because I want to see that outstretched hand. I'm getting ideas now as to how I would take this...
Moira

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 - 4:15 PM

A poignant image and description
Steve

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 4:45 PM

Such a sad story behind this excellent shot and a story which in those years must have been so commonplace.
You have captured the sculpture so well and your narrative is so important for one to understand all about it.
Ronnie.

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nikshot
nikshot e2 Member 5nikshot vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 4:55 PM

[quote]Such a sad story behind this excellent shot and a story which in those years must have been so commonplace.
You have captured the sculpture so well and your narrative is so important for one to understand all about it.
Ronnie.[/quote

Lovely sympathetic photography Pamela.

Nick

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 5:06 PM

A very moving story, Pamela, but what a beautiful piece of work. And very beautifully captured here, lovely tones and textures Smile
A very Merry Christmas to you! Wink
Trev Smile

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Fefe
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21 Dec 2012 - 5:31 PM

A lovely capture, very sad storySad
Diane

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 5:35 PM

Beautifully captured image, wonderful detail... and writing up.
Merry Christmas to you, and thank you very much for your kind help and teaching all year round..Smile
jasmine

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
21 Dec 2012 - 6:03 PM

I always find this sort of thing very sad! Pamela, but it was his feelings that made him produce this to her memory! so be it, I know when my mothers Brother died at the age of two the family never got over it!, nicely taken I like both, best regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 - 6:14 PM

Lovely comp, colour and textures, Pamela. Like the closer view (V1) best.

P.

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 6:36 PM

Two wonderful variants that tell the whole story, luv the composition and detail, beautiful lighting as well.
Nice one, Pam.
Well done.
Darryl. xSmile

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85907 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 7:33 PM

A poignant reminder, of our not to distant past

Adrian

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33045 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 7:39 PM

A very moving story and beautiful supporting well crafted photograph.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 7:41 PM

Great reportage and excellent shots pamela .
Rob

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 8:06 PM

I like V1 - but I think would have been good to include the hand of the outstretched arm.
Brian.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 8:42 PM

Beautifully taken Pamela - and a fascinating bit of history. The next time I am staying near Romsey I'll make a point of going to see this.
Ann

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LynneJoyce
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21 Dec 2012 - 9:07 PM

A pair of beautiful, touching images.

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 9:35 PM

Like V1 best, though would be better if the hand had been included.

Lavina

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thedon1941
21 Dec 2012 - 10:17 PM

Lovely "sculpture" portrait Pamela. Very touching. V2 for me. I think the hand finishes it. Don

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 - 10:35 PM

A sad story Pamela. Its V2 for me
Jim

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dasher
dasher  4 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 - 11:43 PM

Very touching.I caught scarlet fever when I was four .Needless to say I survived.When I came out of the fever hospital,I could barely walk but was so pleased I was taken to hospital about half a mile away in a Daimler ambulance.Happy days!!
Regards Robert.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2012 - 1:18 AM

Such a sad story. Thank goodness we have vaccines and medicines now a days. V2 I think Pamela......Sandy

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2012 - 9:57 AM

Such a sad story - that was a sculpture done out of love and my goodness it does show. A beautiful capture Pamela.
Carole

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2012 - 1:00 PM

A sad story indeed!!!! Goodness... SadSadSad

What an utterly beautiful sculpture. V2 is definitely the better for showcasing it.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Pamela.

Andrew

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8754 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1587 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2012 - 8:46 PM

In hindsight, it seems a shame to offer this sad story at this time of year.
Also, I agree with those who have mentioned the inclusion of the other hand, big mistakeSad!

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2012 - 11:24 PM

V2 for me Pamela .

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81102 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2012 - 11:42 PM

Alice x

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 1:06 AM

I miss Romsey Abbey very much . I only lived not more than 5 minutes walk away. I remember this so poignant efigy. You have captured it so well xx Hope Santa brings you all you wish for Pamela xx

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 12:40 PM

Sad but beautiful.
What a talented father she had.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes Pamela.

B. Smile

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
24 Dec 2012 - 3:29 PM

Very beautiful and a little sad picture
Love, Peace and Joy came down on earth on Christmas day to make you happy and cheerful. May Christmas spread cheer in your life, Pamela!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Regards Valery

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graceland
graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 3:37 PM

Happy Christmas to you

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Glostopcat
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24 Dec 2012 - 6:16 PM

A poignant reminder of times past, we are so fortunate nowadays that we have found cures for the majority of these terrible diseases. Seasons Greetings to you and yours, even though I know you do not celebrate the occasion, Ed

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Dec 2012 - 4:06 PM

This is so special !! What a touching tribute to young life snatched away to soon ! Thanx so much for giving the background info to this beautiful piece of art!

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Dec 2012 - 4:33 PM

A lovely capture and a lovely tribute to a sad storySmile
Ryan

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photophantom
27 Dec 2012 - 1:13 AM

An image with a Thousand Words. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Pamela.
Dennis

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 2:13 PM

Excellent image Pamela. The textures and detail is wonderful. All the very best for the New Year and thanks for your support over the year. Paul

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