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                                                                                                                               John Anthony Angell

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       Seth Luther,

Early Providence Gravestone

Carvers

 
 


John Anthony Angell (Photo by John Sterling)

John Anthony Angell (1702-1756) of ye city of Coplins n ye Electore of Trear, according to his gravestone, was a gravestone carver in Providence in the 1740s and 1750s. Some of his stones have a profile skill but many just have intricate foliate designs. He did not carve effigies like most other Rhode Island carvers. The shape of his stones was often like a bell curve rather than the traditional tripartite, headboard shape. His lettering had much individuality to it. His letters were very fluid and he mixed upper and lower case letters.
 
 
 

                                                                                                      John Anthony Angell (Photo by John Sterling)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Seth Luther (Photo by John Sterling)
 
 
 
 
 

Seth Luther (1709-1783) was a gravestone carver in Providence, Rhode Island with a shop adjacent to the North Burial Ground. He undoubtedly learned his carving craft from his brother-in-law John Anthony Angell. Seth’s work is characterize by its wigged effigies with large, bulging eyes with the pupils looking upward. They have a haunting look to them. He does more doodle like scrolling on his gravestones than any of his contemporaries. His early stones have the bell curve shaped top that he learned from his brother-in-law but his later stones have the more traditional tripartite shaped tops.
For more on Seth Luther see Seth Luther, Stone carver of the Narragansett Basin by Vincent F. Luti; Rhode Island History, Volume 39:1, February 1980.
 
 

  Seth Luther (Photo by John Sterling)
 

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