Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

Thomas Cole's Journey

Date(s): Jun 11, 2018 – Oct 7, 2018
Location: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place London WC2H 0HE

Discover one of America’s leading painters of the mid-19th century. With his work seldom seen outside the USA, this exhibition establishes British-born Thomas Cole (1801–1848) as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art.

Displaying Cole’s paintings alongside those of his contemporaries, including Turner and Constable, the exhibition brings to light the dialogue between American and European artists of the mid-19th century.

The exhibition includes Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society), and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting, never previously shown in the UK.

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