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his brush, an exuberance that perfectly captured the sense of adventure inherent in the unexplored forests and canyons of his adopted land. Cole found acceptance and acclaim in the New York City art scene. He briefly returned to England to study and travel before setting up a studio in an outbuilding on John A. Thomson’s property, called Cedar Grove, near the town of Catskill, New York. The 1815 Federal-style farmhouse fronted the Hudson River and offered splendid views to the mountains from its wide porch. From these inspiring surroundings, Cole produced the landscapes that showcased the beauty of the area. His vision was embraced by artists and patrons alike, and it engendered an alliance of sorts with other painters—like Asher Durand and one of Cole’s former pupils, Frederic Church—that was known as the Hudson River School. 69 Victoria October 2017

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