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New England Scenery

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Thomas Cole (American, born England, 1801–1848)

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.


On View, Gallery 171


Arts of the Americas


Thomas Cole


New England Scenery


New England (Place depicted)

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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.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson Collection

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