Thursday’s Special: Sweet Vi


In Norwich’s fine cathedral is a sculpture which really caught my attention. Somewhat out of sight in a corner of the north transept it is easily missed. But there is something so profoundly sweet about the face of this young woman which caused me to spend an inordinate time photographing her from all angles.

In Caister Churchyard was laid to rest by Bertram Bishop of Norwich
All that could die of Violet the lovely and beloved only child of Penry and Evelyn Vaughan Morgan
Who on February 22 1919 at the age of twenty years passed this life to the life eternal.


No voice shall break the glory of the stillness,
Or touch the joy that our two soul’s fulfil,
And we shall see the splendour of dawn on the hills
(V.V.M )( Violet Vaughan Morgan)


I knew a maid; a young  enthusiast
Birds in the bower, and lambs in the green field,
Could they have known her, would have loved; methought
Her very presence such a sweetness breathed,
That flowers, and trees, and even the silent hills,
And everything she looked on, should have had
An intimation how she bore herself
Towards them and to all creatures. God delights
In such a being; for, her common thoughts
Are piety, her life is gratitude.

~ from Wordsworth’s The Prelude, Book Twelve


Monument to Violet Vaughan Morgan †1919. Marble. Commissioned by her parents Penry and Evelyn Vaughan Morgan and signed Derwent Wood R.A. 1921. Intended for Holy Trinity, Caister, but accepted by the Dean and Chapter, on 28 July 1921.

Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Calm

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

34 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Sweet Vi”

  1. A lovely combination of images and words. And good observation from you, to notice this monument to Violet in an out of the way spot. I must get my camera over to Norwich one of these days…
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. The inscriptions were difficult to read especially at the rear of the statue. It really is pushed into a corner. Norwich has some great photo opportunities.

  2. Of all the arts and craftsmanship, it is the sculpture that inspires the greatest awe. This is a beautiful sculpture! I got curious about who these people were that they could commission a statue in their daughter’s honor. I never did find out the specifics of their occupation but did find a length transcript of a testament given in regards to the theft of Evelyn’s jewels circa 1911.

    1. Her father was a wealthy manufacturer and newspaper proprietor and he provided the Violet Vaughan Morgan scholarship in the English Faculty at Oxford.

        1. Oh, and she was also secretary to the Bishop Bertram Pollock, who was expected to marry her if she hadn’t died so young (he was 35 years her senior).

        1. Like I said in my answer to your comment on my “Bilderbuchblog”: the pictures I took in the cathedral didn’t turn out worth presenting.

        2. It’s the low light plus the fact that I usually don’t carry a tripod with me – which sometimes is forbidden anyway. And in the case of the bosses in Norwich Cathedral: they’re overhead and I can’t bend that far backward. Dina [of “The World According to Dina” Blog – you know her and her blog] made me aware, though, that there are movable mirrors there so one can take picture of the bosses that way.

  3. The attention to the smallest detail is mindboggling. I want to run my finger over that cool, polished marble, it’s so s.m.o.o.t.h. What a treat! Thank you, Jude. 🙂 ❤

  4. Exceptional sculpture in every way. When one looks at it, they have a feeling of knowing this girl when she was alive. Original and a most beautiful take on the theme!

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