Thomas Cole, Hudson River School of American Landscape Painting, Returns to Long Lake

Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting, visited Long Lake, NY in 1846. Cole was accompanied by his student, Benjamen McConkey from Ohio, Louis Legrand Noble, his pastor and eventual biographer from St. Luke’s Church in Catskill, N,Y, and the noted Adirondack guide, John Cheney. He produced many sketches of the area on this trip and completed at least two paintings of Long Lake in his studio after wards, though these paintings have been “lost” to the world of art history—in fact, Hudson River School scholars have doubted or ignored their existence, denying the locality of Long Lake a place on Cole’s artistic map and completely obscuring our place in the annals of our first great National school of art.

This September on Monday, the 28th, Matt DeLaMater, Research Fellow at the New York State Museum and doctoral student at SUNY Albany , will revisit Cole’s trip to Long Lake with slides of his drawings and paintings. DeLaMater, a summer resident, is trying to locate the paintings Cole produced of Long Lake, and restore formal recognition to the importance of Cole’s Adirondack visits.

Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole

Research on Cole has taken DeLaMater to Detroit Institute of Arts, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Cedar Grove, and Cole’s home in Catskill. NY. He hopes you will be able to assist him in identifying Long Lake locations from whence Cole sketched beaches, boats, rocks and trees, etc. as well as in helping to confirm the paintings in question.

The Long Lake Historical Society together with the CVW Long Lake Public Library are the sponsors of this event which will be held at 7:00 pm at the Long Lake Library. Admission is free, all are welcome.

Princeton University Cole Collection

Long Lake First View Thomas Cole

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