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Copyright New York State Historical Association and/or The Farmers' Museum, Inc.
Object ID N0194.1961
Title Landscape Scene from "The Last of the Mohicans"
Artist Cole, Thomas
Object Name Painting
Early Date 1827
Exhibit label line3 When commissioned by prominent Baltimore patron Robert Gilmor, Jr., Cole was instructed to paint "some known subject from Cooper's novels to enliven the landscape." Here, the artist depicts the emotional scene from chapter eleven in Last of the Mohicans in which Cora kneels at the feet of Tamenund to beg for her sister's freedom from Magua. Befitting of Cooper's great literary imagination, Cole captures the drama in a landscape composed from field sketches of various locales in New Hampshire. The large boulder has been compared to one of his sketches of a rock on Mount Chocurua, while the lake closely resembles a view of Lake Winnipesaukee and the mountains mimic the Presidential Range. The result is the artist's creation-a classic Cole composition that portrays majestic nature, the rough American wilderness, and detailed imagery of our distinctive autumnal colors.
Description Marks: Signed bottom center front on rock: "T. Cole/1827."
Classification Academic Art--Painting/Drawing--Scene--Landscape
Dimensions H-25 W-31 inches
Material Oil on canvas
Makers mark Signed bottom center front on rock: "T. Cole/1827."

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Last modified on: November 04, 2005