Albany, Taken from the East Side of the River

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) Artist
c. 1844 Date:
Ink on wove paper Medium
14 7/8 H x 17 1/2 W Dimensions
Inscribed bottom center: Albany; inscribed bottom right: Taken from the east side of the river Inscription
Descended in the Cole Family to Mrs. Florence H.Cole Vincent, the artist's granddaughter. Provenance
Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase Credit
1940.21.1 Accession number
This was a preparatory sketch for a large oil painting commissioned by a group of Albany citizens led by Isaiah Townsend. The painted mahogany panel was displayed in the cabin of the newly built USS Albany. Cole noted in a letter to Townsend that he had "made the public buildings rather more conspicuous than they appear in reality" and that he had not bothered to realistically represent the smaller buildings since "they are of so transitory a nature in an American city." Additional comments

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