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Biography of Peter Mathias Van Gelder 1742-1809
After 1775 .Monument to Mary Montagu Duchess Montagu 1711-1775 (64) in St Edmund's Church, Warkton, Northamptonshire . Sculpted by Peter Mathias Van Gelder 1742-1809 (33) .Mary’s monument is more decorative that her parent’s, and is Rococo in style. The composition of the monument centres around an ornate funerary urn , which stands upon a pedestal containing an inscription to Mary. To the right sits a grief stricken woman, inconsolable over the loss of an aristocrat considered a great benefactor to the poor and needy. In her left arm she cradles a baby, and a second, tearful child sits at her feet. To the right of the woman is that of an older woman draped in a shawl, who gently caresses the hand of the first babe. To the left of the urn , an angel comforts the mourners, pointing to heaven.
After 22 Sep 1802 . Monument to Mary Davies in St Giles' Church, Wrexham, Denbighshire, North-East Wales sculpted by Peter Mathias Van Gelder 1742-1809 (60) .
After 14 Nov 1884 . Monument to Frances Puleston in St Giles' Church, Wrexham, Denbighshire, North-East Wales . sculpted by Peter Mathias Van Gelder 1742-1809 .