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Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

At The Met Fifth Avenue
January 30–May 13, 2018


To learn about Thomas Cole and his influence, see the selection of essays, organizations, and educational materials below.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). View of Round-Top in the Catskill Mountains, 1827. Oil on panel, 18 5/8 x 25 3/8 in. (47.3 x 64.5 cm). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, located at the painter's former home and studio in Catskill, New York, maintains scholarship on Cole and the Hudson River School.

Frederic Church's Olana

Frederic Church's painting of Olana

Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900). Clouds over Olana, August 1872. Oil on off-white paper, 8 11/16 x 21 1/8 in. (22.1 x 30.8 cm). Collection Olana State Historic Site, NYS OPRHP (OL.1976.1)

The Olana State Historic Site is located at the home and studio of Frederic Edwin Church, a student of Cole and central figure of the Hudson River School.

Thomas Cole's sketchbook

Hudson River School Art Trail

Located near the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Hudson River School Art Trail traces the vistas where Cole, Church, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford, and other members of the Hudson River School painted their landscapes.

Left: Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). Sketch box, ca. 1832–40. Mahogany and brass, 13 x 17 x 2 1/2 in. (33 x 43.2 x 6.4 cm). Greene County Historical Society, Bronck Museum

"Essay on American Scenery"

Thomas Cole painting of the Catskills

Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). View on the Catskill—Early Autumn, 1836–37. Oil on canvas, 39 x 63 in. (99.1 x 160 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift in memory of Jonathan Sturges by his children, 1895 (95.13.3)

Published in the American Monthly Magazine in January 1836, Cole's "Essay on American Scenery" is available on Google Books.

The National Gallery, London

Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851). Ulysses Derising Polyphemus — Homer's Odyssey, 1829. Oil on canvas, 52 3/16 x 79 15/16 in. (132.5 x 203 cm). The National Gallery, London. Turner Bequest, 1856

Thomas Cole's Journey is organized with The National Gallery, London. Read more about the exhibition in London, open June 11 through October 7, 2018.

Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow (detail), 1836. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 76 in. (130.8 x 193 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908 (08.228). Now at The Met: Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). Interior of the Colosseum, Rome (detail), ca. 1832. Oil on canvas, 10 x 18 in. (25.4 x 45.7 cm). Albany Institute of History & Art, Purchase, Evelyn Newman Fund (1964.71). Courtesy of Albany Institute of History & Art