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Erratics and Rocking Stones

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Erratics and Rocking Stones

Thomas Hewes Hinckley, Wandering Boulder, 1875; 31.11 x 40.96 cm (12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.), Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Miss Mary Hewes Hinckley in memory of Thomas Hewes Hinckley. Acc. no. 27.221

Orra White Hitchcock, Rocking Stone, 1828-1840; 36 x 30 cm., Pen and ink on linen. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. Item no. 20062

Orra White Hitchcock, Rocking Stone, Fall River, 1840: 6 x 9 cm, woodcut; first published as fig. 75 in Edward Hitchcock’s “Final Report on the Geology of Massachusetts.” Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. Item no. 291638

John Martin, The Deluge, 1831: 35.2 x 46.4 cm; plate: 26.6 x 35.2 cm, Mezzotint with etching on paper. National Gallery of Canada, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Harshaw, Toronto, 1990. Acc. no. 35549.6

Louis Agassiz, Glacier de L’Aar Plate 14 from Louis Agassiz, Études sur les Glaciers (1840)

Andy Brodeur in front of a pillow basalt glacial erratic on the M&M Trail on Mount Tom in western Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Ed Gregory.

Louis Agassiz. Photograph by C.D. Fredericks and Co. Wikimedia Commons; this file comes from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom.

Photograph of Edward Hitchcock; 5.5” x 3.87” Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association,  Acc. no. #1996.12.1151

Content by Rebecca Bedell, Associate Professor of Art, Wellesley College, with help from Juliet Jacobson. Read by Juliet Jacobson.