Landscape Scene from "The Last of the Mohicans"

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Title

Landscape Scene from "The Last of the Mohicans"

Date

1827

Creator

Cole, Thomas

Physical Dimensions

Height: 25 Width: 31 Framed: 33 1/2 x 43 x 3 7/8

Identifier

N0194.1961

Description

When commissioned by prominent Baltimore patron Robert Gilmor, Jr., Cole was instructed to paint "some known subject from Cooper's novels to enliven the landscape." Here, the artist depicts the emotional scene from chapter eleven in Last of the Mohicans in which Cora kneels at the feet of Tamenund to beg for her sister's freedom from Magua. Befitting of Cooper's great literary imagination, Cole captures the drama in a landscape composed from field sketches of various locales in New Hampshire. The large boulder has been compared to one of his sketches of a rock on Mount Chocurua, while the lake closely resembles a view of Lake Winnipesaukee and the mountains mimic the Presidential Range. The result is the artist's creation-a classic Cole composition that portrays majestic nature, the rough American wilderness, and detailed imagery of our distinctive autumnal colors.

Original Format

Painting

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