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Sarah Barstow, Woodland Interior, 1865

Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School

Thomas Cole Historic Site / May 2 - October 31, 2010 / Catskill, New York


The Thomas Cole Historic Site has been presenting annual exhibitions of 19th-century landscape masterworks since 2004; however, the 2010 exhibition will be the first to focus on women landscape artists of the Hudson River School. This exhibition will include approximately 25 works of art (paintings, embroidered landscapes, photography, drawing manuals) as well as paintings by Thomas Cole’s own sister Sarah Cole and daughter Emily Cole. By the turn of the 19th century, schools, seminaries, and private instructors were already providing artistic education for young women, particularly in the art of landscape studies. Women traveled in increasing numbers to experience the American landscape and wrote of their adventures poetically. They produced magnificent works of art, and they were inspired by the landscape just as Thomas Cole and Asher Durand were. The exhibition is co-curated by Nancy Siegel, Associate Professor, Towson University, and Jennifer Krieger, Managing Partner, Hawthorne Fine Art. It is accompanied by a printed exhibition catalogue with full-color illustrations and essays by the curators. The title is taken from a letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams in 1776: “I desire you would Remember the Ladies… if particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion.”

Cedar Grove
Thomas Cole Historic Site
218 Spring St.
Catskill, New York

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