Thomas Cole (1801-1848) Artist
c. 1829 Date:
Sepia wash over pencil with white heightening Medium
10 3/8 H x 7 5/8 W Dimensions

Inscribed, top, center: Niagara; Signed, lower left: TC

Descended in the Cole Family to Mrs. Florence H.Cole Vincent, the artist's granddaughter. Provenance
Gift of Mrs. Florence Cole Vincent Credit
1958.28.12 Accession number

The framing lines in pencil suggest that this composition was made in preparation for another, more finished work, possibly a print. Around 1828-1829, Cole made a drawing on stone for a lithograph, Falls at Catskill. Cole spent several days at Niagara Falls during May 1829. The technique of using a brush dipped in brown wash is unusual for Cole, and he relied on a pencil underdrawing to guide his brush. To suggest the spray billowing up from the falls in the distance, he rubbed the color off with a finger or rag to expose the white paper.

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