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Genesee Scenery

1846-1847
6 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. (15.9 x 11.1 cm)

Thomas Cole
American (Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England, 1801 - 1848, Cedar Grove, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Howard and Florence Merritt
Accession Number: 1994.40
Location: Currently on view
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Like many artists, Thomas Cole traveled extensively, sketching views that he would later include in finished (and much larger) paintings. On a trip to the Upstate New York region, he sketched Deh-ga-ya-soh Creek at what is now Letchworth State Park in Mount Morris. Later that year, he used the sketch to create this study, which ultimately became the subject of the 'Genesee Scenery' (1847, 51 x 39 1/2 inches, owned by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design).

[Adapted from gallery label text, 2007]

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Florence Cole Vincent; given to Dorothy Story, White Plains, NY; purchased by Florence and Howard Merritt, Rochester, NY in 1968; their gift to the Gallery in 1994

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Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts Examines seven 19th century artworks in the Memorial Art Gallery, with questions and hands-on exercises for students.
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Thomas Cole's Genesee Scenery, written by Marlene Hamann-Whitmore.
MAGexplore MAGexplore provides in-depth information and close looking at over 200 objects in MAG's collection.
Looking Across the Genesee River from Hornby Lodge Related drawing in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts
Cedar Grove: the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Website for Cedar Grove: the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, includes links to film, images of Cole's paintings, information about his house, etc.
<i>Genesee Scenery</i> from the collection of RISD 38.054
Cole, Thomas
Genesee Scenery, 1847
oil on canvas; 51 1/2" x 39 1/4"
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Jesse Metcalf Fund
Photography by Erik Gould


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