18 November 2012

Josiah Gilbert (1814–1892) in Nottingham


An inscription on the marble pillar in Nottingham General Cemetery states 'JOSIAH GILBERT 1814–1892 DIED AT MARDEN ASH | ELDEST SON OF THE REV. JOSEPH GILBERT AND ANN TAYLOR HIS WIFE OF ONGAR'. Gilbert wrote Cadore, or Titian's Country (London: Longmans, Green, 1869), Landscape in Art before Claude and Salvator (London: Murray, 1885), and edited The Autobiography and Other Memorials of Mrs Gilbert, Formerly Ann Taylor (London: Henry S. King, 1874). 

A sketch of Pieve di Cadore, with Mount Marmarolo in the background, from Gilbert's Cadore.

Next to Josiah Gilbert's grave is a much earlier one: that of his wife Susan. Josiah had dedicated Cadore to her: 'To the dear companion of the journey of life, as of each Alpine ramble'. He wrote the Preface to the book on 1 May 1869, and in less than two years she was dead. 

There are links below to the full texts of two of these books:

Cadore, or Titian's Country (1869)
The Autobiography and Other Memorials of Mrs Gilbert, Formerly Ann Taylor (1874)

Writers and literary associations in Nottingham General Cemetery:

Robert Goodacre (1777–1835)
Ruth Bryan (1805–1860)
Sarah Ann Agnes Turk (1859–1927)
Annie Matheson (1853–1924)
Anthony Hervey (c. 1796–1850)
Charles Bell Taylor (1829–1909)
James Prior's Parents
Ann Taylor (1782–1866)
Robert Millhouse (1788-1839)
Henry Hogg (1831-74)


James White (Conservation Officer) said...

Dr Shaw,

Watson Fothergill, the Nottingham architect, designed the Budworth Hall in Ongar - a rare foray outside Nottingham. Can you link Josiah Gilbert to Isaac Charles Gilbert, Fothergill's principal?


James White

Dr Tony Shaw said...

James, several online references state that Isaac Charles Gilbert was the son the Joseph Gilbert and his wife Ann (née Taylor), and therefore Josiah's brother. Is there some doubt about that?