St David
detail from Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine Gladstone

  St David    detail from    Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine Gladstone

Photo © Martin Crampin

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1906
Stone-carved monument of William and Catherine Gladstone with crucifix and angel at their heads. Scenes around the base of the tomb include the Adoration of the Magi and the Deposition, together with figures including St George, St Andrew, St David and St Patrick, Danté, Homer, Aristotle and King David.

medium: stone;metal
technique: carved
size: 64 cm (height of figure). 41 cm (height of corner figures). 40 cm x 83.5 cm (adoring Magi)
designer: William Richmond

Church of St Deiniol, Hawarden, Flintshire
centre of Gladstone Chapel on north side of church

Dedication: 'To the glory of God and in reverent and loving memory of William Ewart Gladstone and of Catherine his wife. This shrine has been built and this monument placed within the church where they worshipped in their home that they loved by their son Henry Neville Gladstone. July 28 1906'.

It is not obvious which of the figures around the tomb chest are which. Andrew holds his saltire cross on the north side, and the figure dressed as a bishop next to Andrew is perhaps David. The figure holding the boat alongside George on the south side is perhaps Patrick, who is known for his sea voyages and his departure from Britain to Ireland. A figure playing a harp on the south-west corner could be the biblical David, or he may be the crowned figure on the north-west corner.



 

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Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneThe Adoration of the Magi: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneThe Mourning over the Dead Christ: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneThe Virgin Mary Feeding the Infant Christ: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneTomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneTomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSymbol of St Matthew, from the Crucifix over the Effigies: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSt Andrew: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSt Andrew: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSupporting Figure: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSupporting Figure: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSt George: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstoneSt Patrick: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine GladstonePerhaps Dante: Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine Gladstone

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Further reading

Edward Hubbard, The Buildings of Wales: Clwyd (Harmondsworth/Cardiff: Penguin/University of Wales Press, 1986), p. 366.

T. W. Pritchard, A History of the Old Parish of Hawarden (Wrexham: Bridge Books, 2002), pp. 109–10.




  St David    detail from    Tomb of William Ewart Gladstone and Catherine Gladstone

Photo © Martin Crampin


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