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Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones (Paperback)

Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones By Thomas E. Gilson (Photographer), William Gilson (Other) Cover Image
By Thomas E. Gilson (Photographer), William Gilson (Other)
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Evocative photographs and essay illuminate early American gravestones

Gravestones are colonial America's earliest sculpture and they provide a unique physical link to the European people who settled here. Carved in Stone book is an elegant collection of over 80 fine duotone photographs, each a personal meditation on an old stone carving, and on New England's past, where these stones tell stories about death at sea, epidemics such as small pox, the loss of children, and a grim view of the afterlife. The essay is a graceful narrative that explores a long personal involvement with the stones and their placement in New England landscape, and attempts to trace the curious and imperfectly documented story of carvers. Brief quotes from early New England writers accompany the images, and captions provide basic information about each stone. These meditative portraits present an intimate view of figures from New England graveyards and will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in early Americana and fine art photography.

About the Author

THOMAS E. GILSON, author of The New England Farm, lives in Pine Bush, New York. WILLIAM GILSON lives in England and his writings appear in numerous journals. The Gilson brothers were born and raised in Connecticut.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780819501240
ISBN-10: 0819501247
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 138
Language: English