Thomas Cole (American, Lancashire 1801–1848 Catskill, New York)
Oil on canvas
14 3/4 x 23 1/8in. (37.5 x 58.7cm)
Rogers Fund, 1903
Not on view
Cole was born in England and made two later extended visits to Europe, where he painted views of the scenery to vie with his American vistas. The landscape of Italy particularly interested him, and he drew on the artistic conventions of European masters such as Claude Lorrain to portray it. In the spring of 1832, he made sketches in the Roman Campagna, but he did not paint this canvas until after he returned to Florence in June. Later, in 1834, he described the work in a letter: “A view near Tivoli, representing a bridge, and a part of an ancient aqueduct, called ‘Il Arco di Nerone’: a road passes under the remaining arch; it is a morning scene, with the mists rising from the mountains.”
Signature: [on the back]: T. Cole / Florence / 1832 / Presented to W.A. Adams / by T. Cole / Sep 1834.
the artist, 1832–1834; William A. Adams, Zanesville, Ohio, 1834–1849; Western Art Union, Cincinnati [gift of W. A. Adams], 1849; N. W. Scarborough, Cincinnati, by 1850; Daniel Huntington, New York, probably by 1867; Henry Gurdon Marquand, New York and Newport, Rhode Island, by 1893–died 1902; sale, American Art Association, New York, 23 Jan. 1903, no. 81, as A Roman Aqueduct; with Samuel Putnam Avery Jr., New York, 1903