Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

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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.

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.

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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Cambridge

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The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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03.02.2018 - 11.03.2018
National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff

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15.03.2017 - 28.05.2018
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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09.02.2018 - 06.05.2018
30.03.2018 - 02.04.2018
National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff

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28.02.2017 - 21.05.2018
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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20.03.2018 - 18.06.2018
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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15.02.2017 - 06.05.2018
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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10.02.2018 - 01.07.2018
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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30.01.2018 - 28.05.2018
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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10.02.2018 - 07.05.2018
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Beaumont Street
Oxford

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09.04.2017 - 29.07.2018
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London

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27.01.2017 - 15.04.2018
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London

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Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire 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.

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.

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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