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Little Alice Taylor

By pamelajean
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.


Tags: Child Sculpture Rose Architecture Memorial Asleep Tribute Romsey abbey

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ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 3:50PM
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 11 199 20 Greece
21 Dec 2012 3:58PM
What a beautiful effigy, Pamela, well captured. Carol
Herge88 11 40 4 England
21 Dec 2012 4:03PM
Great detail and colour reproduction in this beautiful sculpture.

Best Matt
21 Dec 2012 4:04PM
What a beautiful, sad picture. A lovely memorial to his daughter.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 4:08PM
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...
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 4:15PM
A poignant image and description
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Dec 2012 4:45PM
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.
nikshot 9 9 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 4:55PM

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.

Lovely sympathetic photography Pamela.


TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Dec 2012 5:06PM
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
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 5:31PM
A lovely capture, very sad storySad
xwang 9 56 8
21 Dec 2012 5:35PM
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
Tibetan 6 3 England
21 Dec 2012 6:03PM
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
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 6:14PM
Lovely comp, colour and textures, Pamela. Like the closer view (V1) best.

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 6:36PM
Two wonderful variants that tell the whole story, luv the composition and detail, beautiful lighting as well.
Nice one, Pam.
Well done.
Darryl. xSmile
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 7:33PM
A poignant reminder, of our not to distant past

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 7:39PM
A very moving story and beautiful supporting well crafted photograph.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 7:41PM
Great reportage and excellent shots pamela .
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
21 Dec 2012 8:06PM
I like V1 - but I think would have been good to include the hand of the outstretched arm.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 8:42PM
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.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 9:07PM
A pair of beautiful, touching images.
21 Dec 2012 9:35PM
Like V1 best, though would be better if the hand had been included.

21 Dec 2012 10:17PM
Lovely "sculpture" portrait Pamela. Very touching. V2 for me. I think the hand finishes it. Don
21 Dec 2012 10:35PM
A sad story Pamela. Its V2 for me
dasher 8 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 11:43PM
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.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
22 Dec 2012 1:18AM
Such a sad story. Thank goodness we have vaccines and medicines now a days. V2 I think Pamela......Sandy
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 9:57AM
Such a sad story - that was a sculpture done out of love and my goodness it does show. A beautiful capture Pamela.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
22 Dec 2012 1:00PM
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.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 8:46PM
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!
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
22 Dec 2012 11:24PM
V2 for me Pamela .
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2012 11:42PM
Alice x
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
24 Dec 2012 1:06AM
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
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
24 Dec 2012 12:40PM
Sad but beautiful.
What a talented father she had.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes Pamela.

B. Smile
24 Dec 2012 3:29PM
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
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 3:37PM
Happy Christmas to you
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
24 Dec 2012 6:16PM
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
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
26 Dec 2012 4:06PM
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!
6 3 8 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 4:33PM
A lovely capture and a lovely tribute to a sad storySmile
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
27 Dec 2012 1:13AM
An image with a Thousand Words. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Pamela.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 2:13PM
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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