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New Haven’s Sentinels
The Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock
Jelle Zeilinga de Boer; John Wareham, Photo.

The Driftless Connecticut Series
Garnet Books
2013 • 180 pp. 65 illus. (48 color) 10 x 8"
American Art

$30.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7374-2

$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7375-9

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Though geared to those interested in New Haven and to art aficionados, this book will also more than satisfy academic researchers. The well-written, beautifully... [continued in Reviews below]”—L. Yacher, Choice

The innovations in art and geology inspired by two classic Connecticut landmarks

West Rock and East Rock are bold and beautiful features around New Haven, Connecticut. They resemble monumental gateways (or time-tried sentinels) and represent a moment in geologic time when the North American and African continents began to separate and volcanism affected much of Connecticut. The rocks attracted the attention of poets, painters, and naturalists when beliefs rose about the spiritual dimensions of nature in the early 19th century. More than two dozen artists, including Frederick Church, George Durrie, and John Weir, captured their magic and produced an assortment of classic American landscapes. In the same period, the science of geology evolved rapidly, triggered by the controversy between proponents and opponents of biblical explanations for the origin of rocks. Lavishly illustrated, featuring over sixty paintings and prints, this book is a perfect introduction to understanding the relationship of geology and art. It will delight those who appreciate landscape painting, and anyone who has seen the grandeur of East and West Rock.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Though geared to those interested in New Haven and to art aficionados, this book will also more than satisfy academic researchers. The well-written, beautifully illustrated volume provides descriptions and analyses of West Rock and East Rock, New Haven’s physical icons. … Highly recommended (for) all academic, general, and professional audiences interested in Connecticut geology.”
L. Yacher, Choice

“A beautiful and sensitive evocation of the role that the dramatic landscape of New Haven played in shaping the culture and art of that city, and beyond that to the foundations of American painting and the nascent science of geology in the nineteenth century. In a fascinating selection of paintings and diagrams, a master earth scientist documents the stages whereby the inhabitants of the region reshaped not only their natural environment but also their fundamental understanding of the forces that had wrought the land in which they dwelled.”—Leo J. Hickey, professor of geology, Yale University

JELLE ZEILINGA DE BOER is Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus at Wesleyan University and the author of Stories in Stone: How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture. JOHN WAREHAM is the video production manager at Wesleyan University.

A Driftless Connecticut Series Book
This book is a 2013 selection in The Driftless Connecticut Series,
for an outstanding book in any field on a Connecticut topic
or written by a Connecticut author.
The Driftless Connecticut Series is funded by the
Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund
at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
For more information and a complete list of books in The Driftless Connecticut Series,
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