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Statue of the Virgin Mary, 1902

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/ORCS.7.01

Scope and Contents

This porcelain statue bears the tag, ‘Found in ruins of St. Pierre, miraculously preserved 1902’. It was recovered from the ruins of St. Pierre, Martinique, in June 1902, by Sir Hesketh Bell, Administrator of Dominica, who visited immediately after the eruption of Mt. Pelée, ‘To our intense surprise, we found that this image was almost entirely undamaged, the hands and feet only having been broken off. This was a really an amazing thing, as it lay almost completely covered by big stones and bricks of considerable weight. That it should have escaped complete destruction, when the whole building collapsed, was a miracle’, Hesketh Bell, ‘Glimpses of a governor’s life’ (London, 1946), p. 63.

Dates

  • 1902

Conditions Governing Access

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Language of Materials

English

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

the figure's hands and base are broken.

Physical Description

art work

Finding aid date

2018-02-06 15:34:42+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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