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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: TOMB OF ELIZABETH AND ALEXIS SOYER

List entry Number: 1191060

Location

TOMB OF ELIZABETH AND ALEXIS SOYER, HARROW ROAD W10

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityKensington and ChelseaLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 07-Nov-1984

Date of most recent amendment: 13-Jun-2001

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 203828

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History

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Details

249/80/64 HARROW ROAD W10 07-NOV-84 KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer (Formerly listed as: HARROW ROAD W10 KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY Tomb of Francois Simonau)

GV II*

Pedestal tomb of Elizabeth Soyer.1844. Designed by Alexis Soyer, carved by Pierre Puyenbroeck of Brussels. Elizabeth Soyer was a popular painter who miscarried and died in 1842, aged 29. Her husband Alexis Soyer (who designed this monument to his wife and is himself also buried here) was the leading chef and dietician of the mid-19th century, responsible also for reforming army catering in the Crimea. Elizabeth's step-father Francois Simoneau, who died in 1859, is also a figure of interest, known as the `Flemish Murillo'. This monument in Portland stone and marble, was designed by Elizabeth Soyer's husband Alexis Soyer and carved by Pierre Puyenbroeck of Brussels in 1844. The base was formerly inscribed in large bronze letters TO HER and the evidence for this can still be seen. The middle section consists of a marble portrait relief of Madame Soyer in the style of Van Dyck. An easel and brushes are suspended below and still bear extensive remains of paint which originally decorated this monument. The rear of the middle section contains a recess which formerly housed her easel behind glass, together with a wreath presented by Mlle Cerito, an opera singer. The top section consists of a standing female draped figure of Faith, originally illuminated by a jet of gas light. The bronze gas nozzle is still in situ to testify to this.

See Illustrated London News, 7th September 1844, p.160.

Listing NGR: TQ2334582661

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National Grid Reference: TQ 23348 82670

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