“Desecration 1” Poster

$56.00 USD

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Macabre and mysterious, this black and white poster of a headless statue will add a Goth aesthetic to any space. And maybe haunt your dreams…

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Your poster will be printed on classic poster paper especially for you after you order.

(Posters print without watermarks. I include those on web images so that no matter where they end up, people will be able to find my website.)

Posters ship rolled in a tube directly from my printmaker.

Benefits of this method include:

* You have more to choose from.

* You receive a brand-new poster, not a dusty relic warehoused for who-knows-how-long.

* Your order is environmentally sustainable because:

~ Resources are used only to create posters people want.

~ Eliminating warehouse space conserves energy.

~ Less shipping trips mean less impact from transportation.

Good for you, good for the planet!

History

Marking the grave of Fannie Jackson Reynolds (1889-1913), this statue stands in Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Fannie was only 24 years old when she died of typhoid fever, leaving behind two children and her husband, Robert Reynolds (who later became a U.S. Senator).

Reynolds bought the statue from the tombstone shop of W.O. Wolfe, father of famed author Thomas Wolfe. (Thomas Wolfe characterized his father as W.O. Gant in his novel Look Homeward, Angel.)

When and how the statue lost its head and left hand are unclear.

However, it must have been after 1949 because a story that November in the Asheville Citizen-Times remarks on its “striking facial and figure resemblance” to two of Wolfe’s angel statues.

Internet rumors say the head hasn’t been seen since the 1950s and that the statue was decapitated by vandals.

Either of these may be credible, as by the late 1940s Riverside Cemetery had fallen into disrepair and remained neglected until the city bought it in 1952. And cemeteries seem to be popular targets for vandalism.

However, I could only find one specific news story mentioning vandalism in Riverside Cemetery. A 1997 article in the Asheville Citizen-Times states, “In 1989, someone damaged 30 tombstones at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville.”

This seems at least as likely, given that there’s another headless statue in Riverside. (See Desecration 2.)

Riverside Cemetery also made several police reports of vandalism in the early 1990s, though I couldn’t find any details about those incidents.