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Study for Home in the Woods

Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848)
Oil on board
6½ x 10¼ inches

Provenance

The artist

Estate of above

Mary Vincent Cole, granddaughter of the artist

Alexander Acevedo, New York, 1993

Michael N. Altman, New York, New York

Eli Wilner & Co, New York, New York

The Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, New York, New York, 2011, acquired from above

Exhibited

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, American Dreams: Paintings and Decorative Arts from The Warner Collection, September 20, 1997–January 25, 1998

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings, January 30 May–13, 2018

Literature

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser and Tim Barringer, Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018), 227–228.

Related Works

The Hunter’s Return, 1845, oil on canvas, 40⅛ x 60½ inches; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Home in the Woods, 1847, oil on canvas, 44⅜ x 66⅛ inches, signed: T Cole; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Note: This work shows a strong compositional similarity to Thomas Cole’s larger painting Home in the Woods, which was commissioned in 1847 by the American Art-Union—an organization that promoted contemporary American art and offered members the chance to win a painting in an annual raffle. In both depictions, Cole portrays the life of the early white settler, emphasizing the grand scale of the American wilderness surrounding the family’s wooden cabin.

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