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John Record grave, Farewell Street, Newport Rhode Island by Pete Janes

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The gravestones in the older corners of Newport, Rhode Island’s famed Farewell Street boneyards feature a motif created just down the street in the 300-year old John Stevens stone workshop. Winged angels, and at times winged skulls dominate the slate stones which crowd together like Colonials once did, shoulder to shoulder at the White Horse Tavern (also, like many things in Newport, just down the street).
Today, my old Newport friend Nicholas Benson, who just won the prestigious Macarthur Fellowship, still runs the family stonecutting shop, and the White Horse Tavern has packed them in for grog and fish stew since 1673.

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“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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  • Tania  Donald
    Tania Donaldover 3 years ago

    wow this is amazing and fascinating! Have you ever been to the Swan Point Cemetery where H P Lovecraft is buried? that’s one place where I would like to make a literary pilgrimage…

  • I certainly have, Tania, and before you shout “Pics or it didn’t happen!”, here’s a pic of his simple grave stone:
    A word of caution: Lovecraft is the only “celebrity grave” at Swan Point, and while they will gladly direct you straight to it, they also have top-notch security around it (I guess they’ve had problems with some of his more “misguided” fans). We were almost ejected for taking a pic of his gravestone.

    – Pete Janes

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Great shot of these works of art. I have a couple of Ayrault ancestors in that cemetery, I do believe. My great great grandmother, wife of this man was born Emily Ayrault. Pursuant to Tania’s question ~ somewhere I have a couple of ancient Instamatic snaps of HP’s monument in Providence, but haven’t been back there in years. Very interesting history you’ve written here, too. Grog & fish stew ~ ah, the essence of Newport.

  • Thanks Sheila. I used to live just off Ayrault Street in Newport! I got back there last week after almost two decades of absence. While I didn’t get back to Lovecraft’s grave to pay my respects, I did get a closer look at the “Church of Starry Wisdom” which Lovecraft’s character Robert Blake observes from across the city of Providence in his tale ‘The Haunter of the Dark’.

    – Pete Janes

  • Tania  Donald
    Tania Donaldover 3 years ago

    might I also direct Lovecraft admirers to have a look at this work I created in his honour. I actually don’t know how it turned out this way and I’ve never been able to do anything like it again. I used a photograph of HPL as a basis, and the results are…a little spooky… (best viewed very large)

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