List of illustrations

  • The Exhumation of the Mastodon
  • Exhumation of the Mastodon, detail
  • The Artist in His Museum
  • Benjamin Silliman
  • Thomas Cole's fossil and rock collection
  • Sketch of Boston from an Old Fortification at Roxbury
  • Sketch of Monument Rock near Sand Beach, Mount Desert
  • The Falls of Kaaterskill
  • Corway [Chocorua] Peak, New Hampshire
  • View of Schroon Mountain, Essex County, New York, After a Storm
  • Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
  • Voyage of Life: Youth
  • Scene from "The Last of the Mohicans": Cora Kneeling at the Feet of Tamenund
  • Erratic boulder
  • Drawing of Rocks
  • The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge
  • Scene from "The Last of the Mohicans": Cora Kneeling at the Feet of Tamenund
  • The Course of Empire: The Savage State
  • The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
  • The Course of Empire: The Savage State, detail
  • The Course of Empire: The Consummation
  • The Course of Empire: Destruction
  • The Course of Empire: Desolation
  • The Course of Empire: The Pastoral State, detail
  • A View from the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains
  • Notch in the White Mountains, from Above with the Notch House
  • Landscape: Creek and Rocks
  • The Sycamore, Kaaterskill Clove
  • Landscape Scene from "Thanatopsis
  • Rocks and Trees in the Catskills
  • Study from Nature: Rocks and Trees
  • Rocky Cliff
  • Roman Tomb etching from Antichita romane
  • Tombstone
  • Tombstones at Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Stone marking the grave of Louis Agassiz and his wife, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz
  • Consecration Dell, Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • The Natural Bridge, Virginia
  • Peaceable Kingdom
  • The Heart of the Andes
  • Detail of The Heart of the Andes
  • Cotopaxi
  • Landscape vignette of Niagara Falls
  • View from Cozzens Hostel near West Point
  • Scene with Figures (Beverly Shore)
  • The White Mountains from the Valley of Conway
  • The White Mountains from North Conway
  • Chocorua's Curse
  • Lake George
  • Scenes on Lake George
  • Landscape Vignette of Lake George
  • Nancy's Bridge, near the White Mountains
  • Mount Chocorua
  • Upper Mississippi
  • The Fawn's Leap
  • Niagara Falls
  • Greater Prairie-Chicken
  • Forty Steps, Newport, Rhode Island
  • The Rocks at Nahant
  • The Rocks at Nahant
  • Cottages at Coral Beach
  • Nahant House
  • Louis Agassiz Lecturing
  • Agassiz's house at Nahant
  • Glacier de Viesch
  • Nahant Rocks, New England
  • Rocks at Nahant
  • Pack Train of the U.S. Geological Survey
  • The Upper Falls of the Tees, Yorkshire
  • Thomas Moran at the Geyser Basin
  • Extinct Craters, Gardiner's River
  • The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • The Chasm of the Colorado
  • The Mountain of the Holy Cross
  • Detail of The Mountain of the Holy Cross
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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~IN THE SPRING of 1872 Thomas Moran was struggling to complete his huge canvas The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. He needed help, and he wrote for it—not to a fellow artist nor a professional art critic, but to the geologist Ferdinand Hayden with whom he had traveled in the Yellowstone region the previous summer. “[Y] our judgment of...
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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~I HAVE BEEN WORKING on this book for so long and I owe so many thanks to so many people that it is hard to know where to begin. The good part is, looking back, I realize how blessed I have been in the many friendships and kindnesses that have sustained me as I’ve worked on this project. Yet I also approach this task with trepidation...
Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~GEOLOGY REIGNED through much of the nineteenth century as America’s most “fashionable” science. Between 1820 and 1870, men and women across the country avidly pursued an interest in the field. They pushed their way into crowded lecture halls to hear talks by prominent geologists; they bought geological textbooks, and they scoured the...

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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~IN THE COLLECTION of the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie, New York, is a battered wooden box the size and shape of a briefcase. It contains Thomas Cole’s (1801–1848) mineral collection (fig. 5), one of the many bits of evidence we have of his interest in geology. Measuring about twenty by eighteen inches, the box holds...

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~IN LATE SEPTEMBER of 1857, Asher Brown Durand (1796–1886), one of America’s best known landscape painters, was working in the Catskill Mountains.Anyone who works on Durand owes...

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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~FREDERIC CHURCH (1826–1900) was born into a society that valued education. In the northern part of the United States, particularly in New England, the surging democratic tide of the second quarter of the nineteenth century brought...

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~JOHN F. KENSETT (1816–1872), affable and urbane, fond of good company, soft beds, and fine cigars, was well suited to be a painter of the touristic landscape.The scholarly literature on Kensett is surprisingly scant. Among the important publications are...

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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~IN THE MID-1860s, William Stanley Haseltine (1835–1900) painted more than sixteen pictures of the coastal rocks in Nahant, Massachusetts.Both the dating and the identification of the Nahant...

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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~IN EARLY JULY 1871 Thomas Moran (1837–1926), a slight, wiry thirty-four year old, alighted from a stagecoach in Virginia City, Montana Territory.Important critical writings on Moran include...

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Description: The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
~NO MESSY PUBLIC DIVORCE marked the demise of the marriage of geology and landscape painting in nineteenth-century America. Instead, by the 1870s they had begun to drift slowly and quietly apart. Aging artists and critics, including many discussed in this book, carried their...

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The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825–1875
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