Meet the trio of historic interiors experts – Jean Dunbar, of Historic Design, Inc.; Matthew Mosca, of Artifex, Ltd.; and Margaret Saliske, of IN SITU Furniture Restoration – as they reveal the real story behind Buried Treasure: Thomas Cole's Decoration of Cedar Grove - the amazing discovery of Thomas Cole's detailed decorative paintings on the walls of his home that had been hidden from view for over a century and will be uncovered with the completion of the Parlors Project opening May 2017.
These experts – with a combined 100 years of experience in the field – have painstakingly brought Cole's original design to life, while establishing Cole's reputation as the foremost interior decorator among 19th-century American painters. Please join them as they recount their journey of uncovering these fascinating new discoveries about Cole's home in Catskill.Born in Bolton le Moors, Lancashire, in 1801, Cole's family emigrated to the United States in 1818, settling in Steubenville, Ohio. At the age of twenty-two Cole moved to Philadelphia, and later, in 1825, to New York City with his family. Cole found work early on as an engraver. He was largely self-taught as a painter, relying on books and by studying the work of other artists. In 1822 Cole started working as a portrait painter, and later on gradually shifted his focus to landscape. Thomas Cole is best known for his work as an American landscape artist. However, he also produced thousands of sketches of varying subject matter. Over 2,500 of these sketches can be seen at The Detroit Institute of Arts. Cole maintained a studio at the farm called Cedar Grove in the town of Catskill, New York. He painted a significant portion of his work in this studio. Buried Treasure: Thomas Cole's Decoration of Cedar Grove derives from this period.
Thomas Cole died at Catskill on February 11, 1848. The fourth highest peak in the Catskills is named Thomas Cole Mountain in his honor. Cedar Grove, also known as the Thomas Cole House, was declared a National Historic Site in 1999 and is now open to the public.