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Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer

A Grade II* Listed Building in Queens Park, London

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Latitude: 51.5295 / 51°31'46"N

Longitude: -0.2232 / 0°13'23"W

OS Eastings: 523348

OS Northings: 182670

OS Grid: TQ233826

Mapcode National: GBR BD.8DV

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.2TVC

Plus Code: 9C3XGQHG+QP

Entry Name: Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer

Listing Date: 7 November 1984

Last Amended: 13 June 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1191060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 203828

ID on this website: 101191060

Location: Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Kensington and Chelsea, London, W10

County: London

District: Kensington and Chelsea

Electoral Ward/Division: Queens Park

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Brent

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Michaell and All Angels Ladbroke Grove

Church of England Diocese: London

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249/80/64 HARROW ROAD W10
Tomb of Elizabeth and Alexis Soyer

(Formerly listed as:
Tomb of Francois Simonau)


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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