Monument for Vincent Figgins (1767-1844). c.1844. Designer: William Pettit Griffith. Portland stone. Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, London SE15. According to a cemetery plaque (just visible in the right-hand photograph in the following row),Vincent Figgins was a “City of London typefounder who worked his way up from apprentice. On his retirement in 1836 he handed over to James and his elder brother Vincent II. . . . James took an interest in City affairs and became MP for Shrewsbury from 1868 to 1874.” [Click on the image and those below to enlarge them.]

According to the British Listed Buildings site, the monument consists of a “plain square stele (originally surmounted by an urn; missing at time of inspection) set within canopy carried on 4 columns with lotus-leaf capitals, surmounted with triangular pediments and acroteria. Small pedimented aedicules (based on Roman cinerary urns) at corners on lower stage of base.”

Left: Lotus (i.e. Egyptian) column. Middle: Pineapple?. Right: side view.

Photograph and research by Robert Freidus. Formatting and text by George P. Landow. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]


“Monument to Vincent Figgins, Nunhead Cemetery.” British Listed Buildings. Web. 23 March 2013. Listing NGR: TQ3541275362.

Last modified 24 March 2013