Idyllic and Industrial Visions: Thomas Cole, William Guy Wall, and the Hudson River

Apr 8, 2018, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: 218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414

Idyllic and Industrial Visions: Thomas Cole, William Guy Wall, and the Hudson River will be presented by Sophie Lynford, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art at Yale University. Sophie Lynford will tell the story of the relationship between Thomas Cole and another British-born artist who painted the Hudson Valley in the 1820s, William Guy Wall. Immigrating to the United States in 1818, the same year Cole arrived, Wall provided the watercolors for the popular volume The Hudson River Portfolio. The book’s release coincided with the transformation of the Hudson Valley into a destination for landscape tourism, likely encouraging Cole to visit the region. But the Portfolio showcased the industrialization springing up in the Hudson Valley, while Cole purposely omitted signs of such commercial activity in his early canvases. Toward the end of the 1820s, however, the two artists enjoyed a relationship characterized by reciprocal influence. While the Portfolio may have drawn Cole to the Hudson Valley, Cole’s first canvases of the area encouraged Wall revisit the region, to try his hand at painting in oil, and to experiment with more idiosyncratic compositions similar to those he saw in Cole’s work.

Sunday Salons take place at 2pm in the New Studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site located at 218 Spring Street in Catskill, NY. For a map of the site to help locate the New Studio, please visit our website at

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