Frederick Richards Leyland (1831-92), Brompton Cemetery

Tomb of Frederick Richards Leyland (1831-92), designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Brompton Cemetery, London. Leyland was a major patron of the late Pre-Raphaelites, especially Rossetti and Burne-Jones, and Whistler, who created the famous (or infamous) Peacock Room for him when he painted over a rare and extremely costly Spanish leather-covered wall. This was the only such work that Burne-Jones designed, and it is, not surprisingly, Grade II* listed. [Click on these pictures to enlarge them.]

In the listing text it is introduced as as "unique and beautiful," and described as follows:

A tall, slender Portland stone chest on short Romanesque piers with cushion capitals with a copper roof, worked to suggest fish scales. All four sides are decorated with low-relief floral scrolls in copper. Raised lettering in a band on one of the long sides reads: "Here lies Frederick Richards Leyland sometime of Woolton Hall Liverpool / and XLIX Princes Gate Born September XXX MDCCCXXXI Died January IV MDCCCCII"; along the base of the tomb is bronze lettering commemorating Leyland's wife, who died in 1910.

There is also mention of the tomb's stone plinth and wrought-iron railings, the latter having lily-head finials at each corner. It is very impressive and truly a wonderful tribute to Leyland.

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"Tomb of Frederick R Leyland, Brompton Cemetery." Historic England. Web. 31 January 2018.

Last modified 23 May 2012