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Thomas Cole
Five kids, a farm, and dizzying allegory

Thomas Cole, The Artists
Portrait of Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole was a U.S. artist born on February 1, 1801. Cole contributed to the Hudson River School movement and died on February 11, 1848.

Distant View of Niagara Falls, Thomas Cole

Distant View of Niagara Falls 1830

A View near Tivoli (Morning), Thomas Cole

A View near Tivoli (Morning) 1832

The Titan's Goblet, Thomas Cole

The Titan's Goblet 1833

The Course of Empire 1: The Savage State, Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire 1: The Savage State 1834

The Course of Empire 2: The Pastoral State, Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire 2: The Pastoral State 1834

The Course of Empire 5: Desolation, Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire 5: Desolation 1836

The good, the enlightened of all ages and nations, have found pleasure and consolation in the beauty of the rural earth.

Essay on American Scenery 1836

The Course of Empire 4: Destruction, Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire 4: Destruction 1836

The Course of Empire 3: The Consummation of Empire, Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire 3: The Consummation of Empire 1835 – 1836

The Oxbow, Thomas Cole

The Oxbow 1836

Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch), Thomas Cole

Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch) 1839

The Dream of the Architect, Thomas Cole

The Dream of the Architect 1840

The Temple of Segesta with the Artist Sketching, Thomas Cole

The Temple of Segesta with the Artist Sketching 1841 – 1842

The Voyage of Life: Childhood, Thomas Cole

The Voyage of Life: Childhood 1842

The Voyage of Life: Manhood, Romanticism

The Voyage of Life: Manhood 1842

The Voyage of Life: Old Age, Thomas Cole

The Voyage of Life: Old Age 1842

The Voyage of Life: Youth, Romanticism

The Voyage of Life: Youth 1842

The pleasure of traveling, it seems to me, is chiefly experienced after the journey is over; when we can sit down by our own snug fire-side, free from all fatigues and annoyances...

Sicilian Scenery and Antiquities — Part 1 1844

We see that nations have sprung from obscurity, risen to glory, and decayed. Their rise has in general been marked by virtue; their decadence by vice, vanity, and licentiousness. Let us beware!

Sicilian Scenery and Antiquities — Part 2 1844

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Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect, Recommended Reading

Thomas Cole was one of the most famous landscape painters of his day, yet at the height of his popularity he listed himself in the New York City Directory as an architect. Find out why in this unusual biography of the artist.

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