The Mariner

Mariner Entering the Lighthouse

I was quite taken with this tiny figure entering the lighthouse on the Alfred Wallis grave which is covered by an elaborate gravestone, made from tiles by Bernard Leach and depicting a tiny mariner at the foot of a huge lighthouse. Wallis was penniless when he died, but his friend Adrian Stokes bought a plot in the cemetery and arranged a Salvation Army funeral.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. BeckyB says:

    Wonderful detail, and what a lovely thing to do for his friend.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes it was otherwise he would have had a pauper’s burial.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Always worth searching for the details, Jude. πŸ™‚
    This would have pleased the artist, I’m sure.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      A shame that so many artists die in poverty and then later their work is sold for an obscene amount. I have no idea what Wallis paintings are worth btw.

  3. Sue says:

    Love the generosity…and that diminutive figure is most evocative (there, that’s the second time I’ve used that word in the last 10 minutes)

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a lovely word and not used nearly enough!

  4. The beauty is always in the details, isn’t it? A sad story though, about him dying penniless.

  5. bushboy says:

    A lovely little memorial πŸ™‚

  6. Nice to know he is remembered in this simple but touching way.

  7. Lignum Draco says:

    A beautiful memorial and tribute from a friend.

  8. Suzanne says:

    That’s what friends do, don’t they?. Remember us like no other. Lighthouses are amazing buildings, so foreboding and full of mystery. I have loved capturing them over the years. Good find Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Suzanne.I have an affinity with lighthouses too.

  9. restlessjo says:

    He looks like he means business! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Speaking of which, did you get in/out/conservatory fixed?

    1. Heyjude says:

      He’s coming back tomorrow to try and track down the source of the leak. Not easy as we are back to raining again!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Back to buckets? 😦 😦

  10. Amy says:

    A moving story behind this elaborate gravestone. Thank you for the post, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Amy! The landscape will appear on Friday πŸ™‚

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