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River in the Catskills

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At first glance, Thomas Cole’s River in the Catskills may seem like a typical nineteenth-century landscape, but it is in fact unusual among American landscapes of its time. Inspired by British notions of the picturesque found in natural scenery and Cole’s own writings on landscape, River in...

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Lower left: T Cole/1843


1848, G.F. Allen, New York. 1934-5, with Rains Gallery, New York; with Prosper Guerry, New York; 1935, with J.H. Weitzner, New York; 1935, Parker Morse Hooper, Fall River, Mass.; 1944, with Charles D. Childs, Boston; 1944, sold by Charles D. Childs to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

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Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865



69.85 x 102.55 cm (27 1/2 x 40 3/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas