The Architect’s Dream
Oil on canvas
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
The focal point of this painting is the young architect relaxing on a pile of books on top of a Classical column in the foreground. In the column is the carved dedication ‘Painted by T Cole, For I Town Arch, 1840’ indicating the painting was created for the American architect and engineer Ithiel Town. The remaining canvas is occupied by grand architectural monuments, such as Greco-Roman portico and a medieval cathedral.
The Hudson River School, Romanticism, Naturalism, The Sublime in Art
Born: 1 February 1801, Bolten-le-Moors, UK
Died: 11 February 1848, New York, USA
Cole’s paintings stand as monuments to the dreams and anxieties of the emerging America during the mid-19th century. Born in England Cole emigrated to the USA as a young man and sought to capture the beauty of the American wilderness. He is the first artist to bring the perspective of a European Romantic landscape painter to those environments and reflect his own idealism and religious sensitivities