Thomas Cole's Journey

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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.

It also marks the first time that Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society) has been shown in the UK, and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting

Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire runs concurrently with this exhibition in Room 1. 

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sponsored by White & Case





Exhibition supported by:





With additional support from Mme Alice Goldet

Image above: Detail from Thomas Cole, 'View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm – The Oxbow', 1836 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Selection of further exhibitions in: United kingdom

29.09.2017 - 10.12.2018
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London

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11.06.2017 - 07.10.2018
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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04.05.2016 - 30.11.2017
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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01.12.2017 - 17.12.2017
Milton Keynes Museum
McConnell Drive
Milton Keynes

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28.03.2017 - 29.04.2018
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London

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18.10.2017 - 28.01.2018
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London

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03.10.2017 - 14.01.2018
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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12.06.2017 - 19.08.2018
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London

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06.05.2017 - 08.04.2018
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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23.09.2016 - 10.12.2017
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London

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28.10.2017 - 02.09.2018
National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff

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30.09.2017 - 25.02.2018
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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01.09.2017 - 28.01.2018
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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19.09.2017 - 25.02.2018
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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11.06.2017 - 07.10.2018
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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27.09.2017 - 07.01.2018
The Wallace Collection
Manchester Square
London

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24.10.2018 - 24.02.2019










Thomas Cole's Journey The National Gallery Main address: The National Gallery Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN London, United kingdom The National Gallery Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN London, United kingdom 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.

It also marks the first time that Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society) has been shown in the UK, and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting

Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire runs concurrently with this exhibition in Room 1. 

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sponsored by White & Case





Exhibition supported by:





With additional support from Mme Alice Goldet

Image above: Detail from Thomas Cole, 'View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm – The Oxbow', 1836 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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