Highlands of the Hudson near New Windsor

Thomas Cole (1801-1848)
Date: c. 1835
Medium: Pencil on wove paper
Dimensions: 10 1/8 H x 15 5/8 W
Inscription: Signed bottom right: TC; inscribed in lower margin: Highlands of the Hudson near New Windsor
Provenance: Descended in the Cole Family to Mrs. Florence H.Cole Vincent, the artist's granddaughter.
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase
Accession Number: 1940.21.2
Comments: This drawing of a busy scene along the Hudson River shows sloops stopping at their port of call. Though it may have been started on the spot, the drawing was undoubtedly finished in the studio. Quick sketches scribbled in the margins of a mullein plant and a cart show the artist still exploring various motifs to include in his composition. It is likely that Cole looked to the engraved landscapes of J.M.W. Turner for ideas. Cole owned an impression of Turner's The View of Ingleborough from Hornby Castle Terrace, which resembles this composition in its overall format and details such as the group of cows at left.