Thomas Cole (1801–1848)
Pressed Flowers from Kenilworth Castle, 1841
Plant material on paper, 9 7/16 × 7 7/8 in.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of Edith Cole Silberstein and the Greene County Historical Society, TC.1986.3.G

In a letter to his wife, Maria, on September 22, 1841, Thomas wrote about his visit to Kenilworth Castle : “The weather was delightful when I was at Kenilworth, the country rich and beautiful, and the ruins went beyond my expectations… the ivy-clad towers, roofless halls, whose floors are covered with green turf and flowers… over which, through the dismantled windows and ragged loopholes, the sun casts his wandering rays, inspired me with a melancholy pleasure…”

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