Framed by the large hedges that surround her, this lush figure represents a transitional style between Beaux Arts classical and allegorical imagery and the curvilinear forms of Art Nouveau, as exemplified by the work of Alphonse Mucha in the art world during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In some ways similar to the Randidge monument, this woman is dressed in robes, and has a classical profile and upswept hair. Unlike the dark and sorrowful Randidge figure of Grief, however, the Clapp figure is an expression of movement and light. This figure holds a plaque declaring “Life More Abundant” while her robes seem to swirl around her in response to a light breeze, cascading over the base on which she sits. One sleeve has dropped off her shoulders as her hand clasps a bouquet of flowers in full bloom. In contrast to her lively robes, the face is serene and meditative as she contemplates the plaque.
Next to the Clapp Monument a little Scottie dog curls up at his master’s (or mistress’s) grave—probably that of a small child or infant.
Another lady in swirling robes is next--the Bangs-Nye monument.
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