Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones by Thomas E. GilsonCarved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones by Thomas E. Gilson

Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones

Photographed byThomas E. GilsonOtherWilliam Gilson

Hardcover | November 1, 2012

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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.
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.
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Title:Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England GravestonesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:138 pages, 9.26 × 10.32 × 0.65 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819573019

ISBN - 13:9780819573018

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Essay – “Stone Faces,” by William Gilson
Photographs, by Thomas Gilson
List of Plates
Bibliography

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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.“Carved in Stone is a thoughtful and thought-provoking commentary on New England gravestone art of the pre-industrial era—a welcome addition to the New England gravestone studies literature.” - Bob Drinkwater, past president of the Association for Gravestone Studies