American Drawing-Book Manual for the Amateur by John G. Chapman

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John W. ) Barber’s print shows the extent of New Haven’s harbor with West Rock (b) rising behind its church spires, and East Rock (c) on its eastern margin. Landscape Painting in the Nineteeth Century | 15 Design in New York. Wall spent the summer of 1834 in New Haven where he painted both East Rock and West Rock. The catalogue, Works of Art, for an exhibition at New Haven’s State House on September 24–26, 1844, mentions both paintings. With its flawless balance of sky, biology and geology, Wall’s East Rock is reminiscent of paintings by Frederick Edwin Church (1826–1900), but predates this artist’s famous West Rock by more than a decade.

The New Haven Museum & Historical Society. B. These paintings that were reproduced in the form of prints show the rapidly increasing mid nineteenth-century interest in New Haven’s Rocks as well as Connecticut landscapes in general. Landscape Painting in the Nineteeth Century | 17 10A. Junction of Trap and Sandstone at Rocky Hill. Lithograph by M. Swett after drawing by D. Wadsworth. ) his brother-in-law and nephew. Silliman was of the opinion that this sheet of basalt with its vertical cooling columns was an intrusive body (sill), similar to East Rock and West Rock, and had been forced through superior strata under enormous pressure.

Lithograph by M. Swett after drawing by D. Wadsworth. ) his brother-in-law and nephew. Silliman was of the opinion that this sheet of basalt with its vertical cooling columns was an intrusive body (sill), similar to East Rock and West Rock, and had been forced through superior strata under enormous pressure. Decades later William M. Davis of Harvard proved it to be the remains of a lava flow. It is obvious from Silliman’s remarks in 1830 that geology had become fashionable. The art world had taken notice, and in following decades rocks and rock formations appeared in a rapidly increasing number of paintings and prints, not only in their backgrounds, but also as principal foci.

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