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Cultivated Scenery: Thomas Cole and the Art of Design

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site (New Studio)

218 Spring Street

Catskill, NY 12414

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Join us for the 17th annual Sunday Salons lecture series. Jean Dunbar, leading historic interiors expert overseeing the restoration of Thomas Cole's Main House will reveal new sources for Thomas Cole's interior designs. The event takes place on Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm in Thomas Cole's New Studio, 218 Spring Street, Catskill, New York, 12414.

Over her 12 years as Cedar Grove’s design detective and historic interiors expert, Jean Dunbar has forensically reconstructed Thomas Cole’s long-lost decoration of its parlors and entry hall. In this Sunday Salon, she unveils a dramatic new discovery at Cedar Grove and follows a fascinating trail of fresh clues leading from that find. Evidence found scattered over two continents brings laser focus to the very rooms, places, and experiences that led the artist to transform Cedar Grove into what he called “cultivated scenery.” Today, this painted interior offers the only example in America of Thomas Cole’s virtuosity as a designer; while Cole’s paintings betray the passion for English design that enabled and informed his art.

Supported by the Ann and Arthur Grey Foundation, Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY Program under the Market NY initiative, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. ® I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.

Painting: George Jones, Interior of Turner’s Gallery c.1852, oil on panel, 14 x 23 cm, Courtesy the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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