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TITLE: Architect's Dream
ARTIST: Cole (1801-1848)
SIZE: 18" x 24"
MADE BY: Battle Road
DESCRIPTION: During his short life Thomas Cole became something of a national culture hero: a young
one for a young nation. He was esteemed as the founder of national landscape painting in the U.S. - the so-called Hudson River
School. At his death, the wild places of the Catskills mourned him. His death, opined a newspaper editorial, was "a public and national calamity." Even allowing
for the high rhetorical tint required of such stories 150 years ago, it's hard to think of another American artist whose
death would inspire such sentiments.