Thomas Cole papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

One letter to J. T. Norton, Albany, New York, April 25, 1834, about sale terms for Cole’s painting Angels Appearing to the Shepherds. Cole remarks on an exhibition of paintings for the benefit of an orphan asylum, and on the desirable relationship between art and society, particularly the “sordid” society of the time.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in England, Thomas Cole became a leading landscape painter in the U.S. and is considered the founder of America’s native landscape tradition.