Today I met up with the Portland Urban Sketchers at the Lone Fir Cemetery. I learned something about a specific stone that has always intrigued me. It is the most magnificent old stone, a huge ornate Celtic cross. The story goes that the name of the departed was deliberately eradicated because the deceased's sister was offended by the circumstances surrounding the donation of the monument. (The deceased was a prostitute and the stone had been installed by her patrons). It is one of the most unusual and pretty monuments in the entire cemetery, but there is no name on it. A pair of clasped hands also adorn the tombstone...one finger points down....presumably to indicate sin.
(Top) Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Macleay Mausoleum, watercolor & ink on paper
2nd Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Nameless Monument (Celtic cross), watercolor & ink on paper