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On November 22, 1825, The New York Evening Post published a review of a young artist named Thomas Cole. Given the major show on the artist about to open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art later this month, we thought it an appropriate moment to look back at some of the events that propelled him to prominence and established New York City as the art market centre-point for the United States.

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03autumn04COLE T25FPThomas Cole (1801-1848), View of Fort Putnam, Philadelphia Museum, promised gift

Lost for over one hundred and fifty years, this work recently showed up at the Philadelphia Museum where it has been on extended loan.

02 Cole 1825LakewithdeadtreesThomas Cole (1801-1848), Lake with Dead Trees, 1825, Oberlin College Art Museum

01 Cole KaaterskillThomas Cole (1801-1838), Kaaterskill Falls, 1826, copy of the lost example, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT

The last of the three is only known through this copy done one year later in 1826 for Trumbull's nephew art collector Daniel Wadsworth. Wadsworth later bequeathed it to the Athenaeum that bears his name, the oldest public art museum in the United States.

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*  New Britain Museum of American Art

*  Wadsworth Atheneum, Art Oasis, Hartford, CT


About the Author

Robert Alexander Boyle

Robert Alexander Boyle

 Alexander Boyle is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT where he majored in History. Prior to graduation he co-authored the seminal book Acid Rain in 1983. Alex has worked for the Metropo...