SOLD Study for Home in the Woods

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


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


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


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.

Artist Biography

Hudson River School Founder and America’s Premier Landscape Painter

By William Tylee Ranney Abbott

Thomas Cole was one of the original founders of American landscape painting. The artist was not only responsible for the establishment and development of the Hudson River School, but has also greatly influenced and defined the tradition of artistic expression in the United States.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships

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