Bertha Child Memorial


Child hired sculptor Maurice Brooks to create this marble bust of his wife, Bertha Child, which sits in a small niche next to the steps leading to the private yard of Child’s former residence. The bust is a tribute to Child’s great love and admiration for his wife. On the ground in front of the niche is the inscription, ‘Soul partner and sole part of all my joys, dearer thyself than all.’ According to family members, the bust is not a particularly good likeness of Bertha who was much more beautiful and lively than she appears here.

512¬† Hortense Child’s audio interpretation of The¬†Bertha Child Memorial