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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Drawn to a Memorial

In the Crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral, there are memorials to many beloved people. Admiral Lord Nelson's tomb dominates the center of the Crypt, surrounded by a beautiful mosaic floor. On the far end, under the high altar of the cathedral, is the OBE Chapel (Chapel of the Order of the British Empire), and the memorials there are to people like Alexander Fleming (the discoverer of pencillin), poet Walter de la Mare, Christopher Wren (architect of St. Paul's), and William Blake. I was somehow drawn to a small corner to the right of the altar and there found a lovely memorial featuring a child in a blue robe who was holding a medallion. Upon reading the inscription, tears flowed from my eyes. It was for Randolph Caldecott, British illustrator of children's books after whom the American Library Association's Caldecott Medal is named. The inscription reads as follows:

Randolph Caldecott
Born in Chester 1846 
Died in Florida and buried there in 1886
An artist whose sweet & dainty grace; has not been in its kind surpassed: whose humor was as quaint as it was inexhaustible

Photography is not permitted in the building, but a staff member agreed to let me capture the image to preserve that memory.


  1. ahhh. you have a way of finding good people in the most surprising places. cherish the memory.