“Desecration 1” Poster, 24x36”

$45.00 USD

 

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


Details

“Desecration 1” Poster, 24x36” in home office

Add a touch of sophistication to any room with this fine art, semi-gloss poster. Printed on thicker, higher-quality paper than traditional posters. 

* 24x36”
* 10 mil (0.25 mm) thick
* Fingerprint resistant

After you order, your poster will be printed especially for you, usually within 2-5 business days. The printmaker then ships it rolled directly to you.

This makes your order more environmentally sustainable because:

* Resources are only used to create posters people want.

* Eliminating warehouse space saves energy.

* Less shipping trips mean less impact from transportation.

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(Note: 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.)

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

It's possible that the statue was damaged naturally, perhaps by tree limbs falling during a storm. Riverside Cemetery had fallen into disrepair by the late 1940s, remaining neglected until the city bought it in 1952 and began restoration efforts.

Internet rumors say the head hasn’t been seen since the 1950s and that the statue was decapitated by vandals. This could be, as cemeteries are popular targets for vandalism.

My search for vandalism at Riverside Cemetery didn't turn up any news items in the 1950s, though. I did find an article that mentioned someone damaging 30 tombstones there in 1989. (Asheville Citizen-Times article, 1997.)

That seems as likely an explanation, especially given that there’s another headless statue in Riverside. (See Desecration 2.)