Tomb of Emily Adney Bond, c.1843
Reason for Listing
* Design interest: an unusual mid-C19 tomb, one of the earliest in the cemetery, in the form of a draped sarcophagus
* Craftsmanship: high-quality carving of drapery
* Group value: with other listed tombs in the Grade I-registered Brompton Cemetery.
Brompton Cemetery was one of the 'magnificent seven' privately-run burial grounds established in the 1830s and 1840s to relieve pressure on London's overcrowded churchyards. It was laid out in 1839-1844 to designs by the architect Benjamin B Baud, who devised a classical landscape of axial drives and vistas with rond-points at the intersections marked by mausolea or ornamental planting, the latter devised by Isaac Finnemore with advice from J C Loudon. The main Ceremonial Way culminates in a dramatic architectural ensemble recalling Bernini's piazza in front of St Peter's in Rome, with flanking colonnades curving outwards to form a Great Circle, closed at its southern end in a domed Anglican chapel (the planned Catholic and Nonconformist chapels were omitted for financial reasons). The cemetery, never a commercial success, was compulsorily purchased by the General Board of Health in the early 1850s, and has remained in state ownership ever since.
MATERIAL: Portland stone
The tomb comprises a tall draped stone sarcophagus resting on short pedestals at the ends, on a moulded slab base. The drapery has a shallow inset panel which originally bore the inscription, but this has completely worn away.
Source: English Heritage
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