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VIRTUAL LECTURE: Fidelity or Fantasy?

January 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Geographical Landscapes of George Durrie, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church in the Connecticut Valley

with Peter M. LeTourneau, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Earth and Env Sciences, Wesleyan University; Associate Research Scientist, LDEO-Columbia University; Instructor, Natural Sciences, Marymount Manhattan College 

$10 (members $8)

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Join LeTourneau as he connects his expertise of geology to the painted landscapes of the Connecticut Valley. The rise of the American School of landscape painting in the early to mid-1800s was a critical factor in establishing the practice of touring, illustrating, and writing about landscapes. From New Haven to Northampton, the unique traprock landscapes of the Connecticut Valley played an enormously important role in the history of the geographic arts and sciences. By the end of the century, paintings of the Connecticut Valley with its distinctive geological formations, ranging from the genre scenes of Durrie to the monumental landscapes of Cole and Church, had attained the status of national icons. 

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This exhibition is generously supported by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, HSB, The Aeroflex Foundation, and Bouvier Insurance.


Funding for the exhibition catalogue was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Image: George Henry Durrie (1820-1863), East Rock, New Haven, 1862. Oil on canvas, Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.
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No refunds for programs $20 and under, Broadway bus trips, or Christmastime Teas after transaction is complete.*
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(updated February 2019)


January 19
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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