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The Spectator Breakfast View of Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

6 June 2018

10:56 AM

6 June 2018

10:56 AM

Watch empires rise and fall, and lose yourself in the vast American wilderness, in the first UK exhibition dedicated to Thomas Cole.

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation.

This exhibition is a rare chance to see Cole’s epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature.

Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him.

Spectator members will enjoy an introductory talk, a light breakfast, a private view of the exhibition and 10% discount in the National Gallery shop.

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E-mail confirmation will be sent out before the event. Your name will be on the guest list.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN | 8.30am – 10am on Saturday 21 July 2018

Terms and conditions

    • Offer open to Spectator members only
    • Tickets are £20.00 and include a complimentary light breakfast, access to the exhibition and introduction from a National Gallery expert
    • Tickets will be assigned on a first come first served basis only
    • Please choose your tickets carefully. Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded



Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: Desolation, 1836. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society © Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York / Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions

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