To the right is a view of the back of a separate, larger and more complex monument by the sculptor, John Flaxman (1755-1826), dedicated to William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1705-1793). Murray was buried in the north transept of Westminster on 28 March 1793, while his later monument by Flaxman dates from 1801.
The photograph shows the back of Murray's wigged head and shoulders, near the middle of the top edge of the image. The cylindrical mass which forms the centre of the monument looks like a column, but is actually the back of Murray's seat and bears a Latin inscription. The figure standing to the left represents, Wisdom, unfolding the Book of Law. The nude figure seated to the right is a youthful representation of Death.
This photographic view of the back of Flaxman's monument to Murray is rare, as most photographs show it from the front. The photograph is even more unusual because the Flaxman monument was moved to the west aisle of the Abbey in 1933. As such, the photographer has captured a rare view of the back of the monument in its original site.