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Monday Monuments and Memorials – War Widow and Recording Angel, Peace Tower, Ottawa

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Enter the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower in Ottawa, turn around and look up to see two sculptures by Frances Loring. In the gable tympanum is the Recording Angel, inscribing the names of the fallen in the Book of Remembrance. On the finial above is the War Widow and Children, also called Motherhood.

Christine Boyanoski describes the sculptures as “compatible with the neo-Gothic style of the architectural programme” and “simplified and boldly stylized so as to be easily read from below.” (Loring and Wyle: Sculptors’ Legacy, p 37) Both were carved in Chateau-Gaillard stone by Cléophas Soucy in 1928.

A silver cross is suspended from the archway, a smaller version of which is presented each year to the Silver Cross Mother.

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