The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
Abbot Eastney, 1498.
At the foot of General Wolfe's monument is a brass figure of this abbot under a canopy. From his mouth proceeds this label: the principal inscription is gone.
The monumental figure in Roman armour, before Islip's chantry commemorates sir George Holles. He died .
On the pavement just before him kneel the loaded esquires, much mutilated, whose shoulders sustain the heavy slab of black marble, on which are the battered alabaster portions of the armour of sir Horace Vere, who died . His short and clumsy figure, well executed, rests fearless of the impending weight, covered with dust beneath.
Above is a pyramidal monument, by Bacon, to the memory of captain Edward Cooke, commander of H. M. S. Sybelle, erected by the hon. East India Company. He died in consequence of the severe wounds he received while engaging La Forte, French frigate, in the Bay of Bengal, on the d of . aged . The captain is finely represented, falling into the arms of a seaman, with many well-executed emblems. In the centre the ships are represented as closely engaged. This monument is highly creditable to the artist, and is in his best style.
Part of the pillar near those tombs has been cut away to admit representing Britannia in an attitude of defiance, with an extended right arm wielding lightning; her left rests on a medallion. She is very masculine; and her seat, upon a small pedestal on side of a larger, gives an uneasy air to the statue, which is upon the whole not quite what might have expected from Bacon. There is a happy thought expressed, in a relief, of sea-horses protecting an anchor within a wreath of laurel. It is
Between the next pillars,
And he has thus immortalized their memories, and the lame of Roubiliac, his artist. This wonderful tomb, of the great efforts of a great mind, is characteristic from the key-stone of the grey marble rustic niche to the base of the yawning sepulchre, whose heavy doors have grated open to release a skeleton bound in its deathly habiliments, of such astonishing truth of expression and correctness of arrangement, as it perhaps never fell to man's genius to execute. The dying figure of lady Nightingale seems to exert its last fading strength to clasp and lean upon her husband, whose extended arm would repel the unerring dart pointed at her breast. The eager impatience of Death to make sure of his prey is finely imagined, not only in the general attitude, but particularly in the manner in which he holds his long dart; he has suddenly seized it at the end, grasping and discommoding the feathers. The dart is somewhat thick and clumsy.
Adjoining is the monument of Sarah, duchess of Somerset, who died . On each side is a weeping charity boy.
The vast tomb to sir Francis Norris, knight, is, after the fashion of queen Elizabeth's time, ponderous, of costly materials, and gilt. The effigies, which rest under a tall Corinthian canopy, are good: and of the kneeling knights are very excellent figures.
Behind it are some fragments of the arches on the wall: and to the left a large and angular-roofed door, the mouldings resting on foliaged capitals of slender columns.
The north end of the aisle is divided into parts in height, the basement into arches, supported by columns, of which had been destroyed. are restored on the sides of the monument
The sculpture is by R. Hayward: but he has failed sadly in imitating the thought of the Nightingale tomb in a basso-relievo. The rest is handsome and appropriate. The ornament of the spaces over the arches is a figure whose arms are extended, surrounded by others in supplication; a kneeling female, her hands clasped, a cross behind her, surrounded by foliage; the a broken headless figure, to whom presents a lion, with other animals near him.
The upper part of the wall is exactly like that of the west aisle. In the north-east a door now built up.
Against the back of the tomb of John Holles, duke of Newcastle, reposes on the pavement, in a large coffin, covered with crimson velvet, inclosed only by a slight altar-tomb of variegated marble, covered by a slab of black, the late countess of Kerry.
Above is a polished plane of dark veined marble, on which is a pyramid and mantle of white, and an earl's coronet:
Adjoining is a beautiful pyramidal monument of white marble to the memory of rear-admiral Thomas Totty, who died of a malignant fever, while at sea, on the , in the year of his age.
Next is a well-executed monument to the memory of Benjamin John Forbes (by Banks) late lieutenant in the regiment of foot, and Richard Gordon Forbes, late lieutenant in the regiment of foot-guards; both of whom fell gloriously in the service of their king and country; the former at the assault of Kestnagberry in the East Indies, , aged years; the latter near Alkmaar, North Holland, , aged years. A weeping figure reclines between urns, surmounted by willows: on the urns are inscribed the initials of each hero. The figure holds a scroll in his left hand, on which is the following passage:
A pyramidal monument of white marble, by Nollekens, to the memory of Charles Stuart, esq. next strikes the eye. The Latin inscription imports that he died in the year , aged . There is a good medallion, on which a naked boy reclines, throwing aside drapery to discover it. The whole is surmounted by the family arms.
Adjoining is a neat marble monument to the memory of lieutenant-general William Anne Villettes, who was seized with a fever during a tour of military inspection, in the island of Jamaica, and died near Port Antonio, , aged .
A monument in this chapel, by Wilton, is inscribed on the sarcophagus,
The design is by sir William Chambers; an angel assists her ladyship in ascending from the sarcophagus to a vacant seat by her husband, who is supposed to be in the realms of bliss on a mass of clouds. The artist seems to have forgot that distance cannot well be expressed on marble, and that by attempting it the earl appears a boy to his countess a few feet lower. The naked parts of the figures are very good, the drapery very bad, and the rays of glory like bundles of Tuscan cornices. The clouds are like nothing.
Adjoining is a well-executed monument to the memory of Richard Kemperfelt, rear-admiral of the blue, who was lost in H. M. S. Royal George at Spithead, on the . On the column is represented the Royal George, sinking, and the admiral ascending into the heavenly regions, surmounted by an angel.
In a corner of this chapel is a handsome monument surmounted with Greek ornaments, and a bust of the deceased, to the memory
|of Matthew Baillie, M. D. who died October , aged . It was executed by Chantrey in .|
is composed of many stones, whose owners have vainly endeavoured to transmit their names by them to posterity. Some of them are fairly worn out, and others have been robbed of their brass. On a large blue slab is an inscription to William Moor, esq. late attorney-general of Barbadoes, who died on the , aged years.