Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gravestone of the Day: Titus Wells Tuttle

In Memory of
who died
Sepr. 18 1795
In the 29 year
of his age.
Death is a debt
To nature due
Which I have paid
And so must you

Titus Wells Tuttle, 1795, Holyoke, MA


Roy said...

Wow! That's an incredible piece of carving. Do you know who thge carver was?

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

I'm not very good at identifying the western MA carvers, but I think that this stone was made by the Stebbins family (see a similar stone in the Farber Collection, same stone in color here).

What is most remarkable about this stone is that the red sandstone has held up so well. There are lots of red sandstone monuments in Connecticut, but they are crumbling terribly. For some reason, the stones in Hadley/Holyoke/Northampton just hold together beautifully (see the Sarah Hopkins stone).

Roy said...

If I recall correctly, there are a couple of red sandstone stones in the NCBG; one is in fair shape and the other is badly deteriorated.