About this artwork
Although Thomas Cole is best known for his scenes of the American wilderness, he also rendered pastoral vistas of cultivated landscapes. This work depicts New Hampshire’s White Mountains, an area that Cole traveled to and painted on numerous occasions, as did other 19th-century landscape artists. The prominent church spire at middle distance emphasizes the role of religion in agrarian society and the glow of the low sun expresses a sense of optimism for a rural America. The painting conveys an ideal that was increasingly far from reality, however, as the United States was then being transformed by rapid urbanization and the Industrial Revolution.
- Thomas Cole
- New England Scenery
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed on lower section of tree trunk: "T Cole" Dated at bottom, left of center: "1839"
- 57.1 × 46.7 cm (22 1/2 × 18 3/8 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson Collection