In this posthumously published work, Mills brings together a variety of threads to examine the nature of mourning and monumentality in the US from the 1880s to WW I. She focuses on several elite Eastern families, such as Henry and Clover Adams and William and Emelyn Story and their social networks in the US and abroad, to provide a context for the dissemination of “high-style” art in cemetery memorials during the period. The family tragedies of the deaths of spouses are background for the discussion of memorial art. Focusing on the work of such sculptors as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, and Frank Duveneck, the author delves into their relationships to these families, their reception in both memorial art and high art, and subsequent influence and imitation. Mills is especially good at drawing out the perceived tensions between everyday memorialization and the work of these artists in the social environment of the period, as well as the contrasts between the intentions of the families and public reception of the memorials. Excellent photographs and a beautiful layout aid in the presentation. For collections in art history and history. –J. C. Wanser, Hiram College
Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.