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Thomas Cole was an American painter best known for his landscapes, history, and other types of paintings. A major figure of the 19th century, Cole is widely considered the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement. His works can be found in many private collections, including museums and historical societies. 

After graduating from college, Thomas returned to his native Pittsburgh and began working for his father as a printmaker. During his time in Philadelphia, Cole became inspired by the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, who had just been a fellow of the National Academy. His work was so successful that he was made a fellow of the National Academy. In 1829, he traveled to Italy and France. While there, he met many wealthy Americans and received numerous commissions.

While in New York, Cole began to travel to England. He sailed to England in 1826 and spent time at the British Museum. There, he saw the works of Gaspard Poussin and Claude Lorrain. Although he spent very little time in European museums, he was inspired by their work. While in Europe, he visited Paris and the Rhone River, and spent most of his time sketching outdoors. From there, he traveled to Italy and remained there for seven years.

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