A View near Tivoli (Morning)

Artist: Thomas Cole (American, Lancashire 1801–1848 Catskill, New York)

Date: 1832

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 23 1/8in. (37.5 x 58.7cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1903

Accession Number: 03.27


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.”