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Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer, Kensington and Chelsea

Description: Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 203828

OS Grid Reference: TQ2334882670
OS Grid Coordinates: 523348, 182670
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5295, -0.2232

Location: A404, Brent, Greater London W10 4RA

Locality: Kensington and Chelsea
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: W10 4RA

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Listing Text

249/80/64 HARROW ROAD W10
Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer

(Formerly listed as:
Tomb of Francois Simonau)


Pedestal tomb of Elizabeth Soyer.1844. Designed by Alexis Soyer, carved by Pierre Puyenbroeck of Brussels. Elizabeth Soyer was a popular painter who miscarried and died in 1842, aged 29. Her husband Alexis Soyer (who designed this monument to his wife and is himself also buried here) was the leading chef and dietician of the mid-19th century, responsible also for reforming army catering in the Crimea. Elizabeth's step-father Francois Simoneau, who died in 1859, is also a figure of interest, known as the `Flemish Murillo'. This monument in Portland stone and marble, was designed by Elizabeth Soyer's husband Alexis Soyer and carved by Pierre Puyenbroeck of Brussels in 1844. The base was formerly inscribed in large bronze letters TO HER and the evidence for this can still be seen. The middle section consists of a marble portrait relief of Madame Soyer in the style of Van Dyck. An easel and brushes are suspended below and still bear extensive remains of paint which originally decorated this monument. The rear of the middle section contains a recess which formerly housed her easel behind glass, together with a wreath presented by Mlle Cerito, an opera singer. The top section consists of a standing female draped figure of Faith, originally illuminated by a jet of gas light. The bronze gas nozzle is still in situ to testify to this.

See Illustrated London News, 7th September 1844, p.160.

Listing NGR: TQ2334582661

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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