Thomas Cole (1801–1848)
Hudson Highlands, n.d.

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Pencil on paper, 6 × 9¼ in.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of Edith Cole Silberstein, 64.11.35

Illustrations like this one provide a window into Cole’s creative process and his fascination with the Hudson River. Residents and tourists traveled up and down the river in sailboats and barges, as illustrated in this sketch, which depicts an area on the Hudson near Newburgh, NY. Cole often made sketches, both outdoors and in the studio, in order to work out compositional details and record conditions.

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