Thomas Cole’s Studio

Memory and Inspiration


In December 1846 Thomas Cole excitedly began work in his new studio, but his early death left his great ambitions unfinished. The studio and its profound impact on future artists is described by renowned Cole scholar, Franklin Kelly, plus three additional authors, bringing new understanding to the critical last phase of Cole’s career.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2022.

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Franklin Kelly


Thomas Cole’s influence after his death, through both the finished and unfinished paintings that remained in his self-designed studio, was truly profound. This book brings new understanding to Cole’s last paintings and how they affected later artists. Written by one of the foremost American art historians, it examines the artist’s ambition to create paintings that expressed complex and elevated meanings. Images of works not seen for many years will illustrate Cole’s intentions and influence.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 28 June 2022
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by A. Blaugrund, W. L. Coleman, L. Mayer, and G. Myers
Dimensions 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Weight 300 g


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Franklin Kelly, Christiane Ellis Valone Curator of American Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, a leading authority on Thomas Cole and other Hudson River School artists, has published definitive studies of the National Gallery's major Cole collection including an essay on images of Mt. Etna, and a catalogue, Thomas Cole's Paintings of Eden.

Annette Blaugrund has written sixteen books about American art and artists. In 1992 she was named Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and in 2008 the National Academy Museum, where she was director for eleven years (1997-2007), honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University where for six years she taught American art, and currently sits on the Advisory Council of the Department of Art and Archeology. In 2019 she was elected Board President of ArtTable, a national organization for women in the visual arts. Her most recent publications are The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth, (Rizzoli, 2018) for the Brandywine River Museum of Art; and Thomas Cole: the Artist as Architect (Monacelli Press, 2016), for which this book will be a sequel with newly discovered images and information.

William L. Coleman is Director of Collections & Exhibitions at The Olana Partnership. He was previously Associate Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum. His published work has appeared in Huntington Library Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture. He earned his PhD from Berkeley after master's degrees from Oxford and the Courtauld Institute and a bachelor's from Haverford. Ideas from his dissertation "Something of an Architect: Thomas Cole and the Country House Ideal," will add new information to this book.