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

Selection of further exhibitions in: United kingdom

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National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
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Cardiff

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The Fitzwilliam Museum
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Cambridge

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19.10.2019 - 26.01.2020
National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff

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02.04.2020 - 31.08.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester

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21.12.2019 - 06.01.2020
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London

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29.06.2019 - 12.01.2020
06.06.2019 - 19.04.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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08.10.2019 - 07.06.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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02.02.2019 - 05.01.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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08.10.2019 - 05.01.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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07.11.2019 - 03.11.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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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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