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Thomas ColeFive kids, a farm, and dizzying allegory

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Distant View of Niagara Falls

Distant View of Niagara Falls

1830
The Titan's Goblet

The Titan's Goblet

1833
The Course of Empire 1: The Savage State

The Course of Empire 1: The Savage State

1834
The Course of Empire 2: The Pastoral State

The Course of Empire 2: The Pastoral State

1834
The Course of Empire 5: Desolation

The Course of Empire 5: Desolation

1836
The Course of Empire 3: The Consummation of Empire

The Course of Empire 3: The Consummation of Empire

1835-1836
The Course of Empire 4: Destruction

The Course of Empire 4: Destruction

1836
The Oxbow

The Oxbow

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
Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch)

Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch)

1839
The Dream of the Architect

The Dream of the Architect

1840
The Temple of Segesta with the Artist Sketching

The Temple of Segesta with the Artist Sketching

1841-1842
The Voyage of Life: Old Age

The Voyage of Life: Old Age

1842
The Voyage of Life: Childhood

The Voyage of Life: Childhood

1842
The Voyage of Life: Youth

The Voyage of Life: Youth

1842
The Voyage of Life: Manhood

The Voyage of Life: Manhood

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
1801
The inventor of photography in Britain
William Henry Fox Talbot
Daughter of a master brings a new perspective to Edo Japan
Katsushika Ōi
Thomas Cole
The second person to invent photography
Hippolyte Bayard
Hard luck in the land of supernatural beauty
Peder Balke
1900

The artists of Hudson River School