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Thomas Cole. Early Life Thomas Cole was born in 1801 at Bolton, Lancashire in Northwestern England. Cole came with his family to the United States in.

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1 Thomas Cole

2 Early Life Thomas Cole was born in 1801 at Bolton, Lancashire in Northwestern England. Cole came with his family to the United States in the early They settled in Ohio. Starting in portraiture, he shifted to landscapes. In 1825 he moves to New York City.

3 He discovers the Valley He discovered the beauty of the Catskills. His collection of small paintings of the Catskills began to take notice in the NYC art scene. e.org/thomas-cole-film

4 He Leaves for Europe From , Cole returned to Europe for studies and business. He met a large number of wealthy Americans, receiving many commissions. His reputation and stature were slowly increasing Cole returned to NYC in 1832 and mounted his collection of European paintings.

5 Catskill Studio Afterwards, he established his first studio in Catskill, NY While there, Cole met Luman Reed. He would make Cole his patron. For Reed, Cole produced his best-known series of paintings- “The Course of Empire” (1836) From , Cole stayed in Catskill to work on “The Course of Empire” At this time, he began to express his concern for the impact of industrialization on the valley.

6 Course of Empire: “The Savage State”

7 Course of Empire: “Arcadian (or Pastoral) State”

8 Course of Empire: “Consummation”

9 Course of Empire: “Destruction”

10 Course of Empire: “Desolation”

11 Family Life at Cedar Grove -On November 22, 1836, Cole married Maria Bartow in the West Cedar Grove, which became his come. -He and his wife would have five children.

12 Later Career… In 1839, Cole began to produce 4 paintings called “The Voyage of Life” for Samuel Ward. In 1841, Cole voyaged to Europe and he painted a second “Voyage of Life” in Italy.

13 Late life Upon his return, Cole decided to become a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill He later designed a new church building for St. Luke’s and his friend Reverend Louis L. Noble Around 1843, Cole began to worry about selling his paintings He then turned to publishing a number of his letters and poems in NY papers and magazines

14 Late life Around 1844, Cole began to accept students in his studio In 1846, Cole began another series of paintings called “The Cross and the World” Cole established a second studio. Cole suffered an attack of pleurisy and congestion of his lungs and died on February 11, 1848


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