|The Last Voyage, modeled by Archibald McKellar and|
offered in the 1882 catalog of the Monumental Bronze Company.
This motif was taken from A Gentle Wafting to Immortal Life, a bas-relief marble sculpture by Felix M. Miller and a later engraving by William Roffe. As described in The Art Journal (1879), Miller portrayed the elder of two deceased brothers, Herbert Mellor, on the angelic mission of guiding his younger brother, Theodore, on his last voyage over the “sea of bliss.” They were the deceased children of J.J. Mellor, Esq., of the Woodlands, Whitfield, Manchester.
The work’s title, incidentally, is from John Milton’s Paradise Lost: “A death, like sleep, A gentle wafting to immortal life.”
|The Last Voyage, A Gentle Wafting to Immortal Life,|
a lithograph from the 1879 edition of The Art Journal.
But back to the Riverview Cemetery and the story.
Charles C. Chase, born on November 27, 1822, earned a living as a maker of boots and shoes. He died on December 31, 1899, and was interred in Section I, Lot 635, where his grave is marked by a small white bronze monument. And there it is, on the tablet on the back of the monument, The Last Voyage motif.
|The white bronze monument for Charles C. Chase.|