New England Scenery

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1839

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Thomas Cole

Title

New England Scenery

Origin

United States

Date

1839

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed on lower section of tree trunk: "T Cole" Dated at bottom, left of center: "1839"

Dimensions

57.1 × 46.7 cm (22 1/2 × 18 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson Collection

Reference Number

1900.558

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