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The Weeping Angel of Amiens

The Weeping Angel of Amiens

An albumen print photograph of a stone cherub on a tomb in Amiens Cathedral.

With one hand resting on an hour-glass and one elbow on a skull, this sculpture of a cherub symbolises the brevity of life. The work of Nicolas Blasset, it is part of the tomb of canon Guilain Lucas (died 1628) in the cathedral at Amiens. Widely known as the Weeping Angel of Amiens, it was a popular postcard sent by soldiers fighting on the Somme during the First World War.

Photographer unidentified.

Code: 125037
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