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Catskill Scenery

Thomas Cole, American (born England), 1801–1848
Oil on canvas
Made in
United States, North and Central America
New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 336
24 1/2 x 32 3/8 in. (62.2 x 82.2 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 38 3/4 in. (77.5 x 98.4 cm)
Credit Line
Eliza McMillan Trust, Friends Fund, and funds given by Mr. and Mrs. John S. Ames and Miss Elizabeth Green, by exchange
Public Domain
Object Number
Thomas Cole made a career painting scenes of the most popular natural locations of the American northeast. Catskill Scenery combines the rugged wilderness terrain on the left with sure signs of encroaching civilization. The farmhouse in the distance and the wooden footbridge were commonly understood by educated viewers as emblems of the nation's progress and America's economic potential.
by 1945 -
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY [1]

by 1948 -
George B. Cluett, Little Compton, RI [2]

by 1969 - 1970
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, NY [3]

1970 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Hirschl & Adler [4]

[1] Knoedler is listed as the lender in a 1945 exhibition [Sweet, Frederick A. "The Hudson River School and the Early American Landscape Tradition," The Art Institute of Chicago, 1945, cat. 49].

[2] A 1948 exhibition catalogue lists George B. Cluett as the lender [Seaver, Esther Isabel. "Thomas Cole 1801-1848: One Hundred Years Later," Hartford, CT: The Wadsworth Atheneum, 1994, cat. 21].

[3] The reverse of the painting is marked "10/4/69 H & A" indicating that it was in Hirschl & Adler's possession by October 1969. The invoice from Hirschl & Adler dated December 9, 1970 lists only Mr. Cluett as previous owner [SLAM document files]. It is likely that Hirschl & Adler acquired the painting from Mr. Cluett.

[4] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, City Art Museum, November 20, 1970.
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