The English-born Thomas Cole came to the United States at the age of 18 and eventually settled in New York, working as a portrait and landscape painter. There, he was a founder of the National Academy of Design. With the financial support of his patron Robert Gilmor of Baltimore he travelled abroad in 1829, and visited Florence and Rome in 1832. He returned to Italy, stopping in Rome and in Naples in 1841-1842. Cole's vision was profoundly influenced by the classical landscapes of the 17th-century masters Claude Lorraine and Nicolas Poussin.

This work was formerly housed in one of William T. Walters' many drawings albums.


  • Title: Italian Landscape
  • Creator: Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848)
  • Date Created: ca. 1832
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: pencil on paper heightened with white
  • Inscriptions: [Signiture or possible later inscription] lower left: T. Cole
  • Exhibitions: Italian Vistas: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992-1993., American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Dimensions: H: 5 1/2 x W: 8 1/4 in. (13.9 x 21 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.1578

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