The following was written and compiled by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:
Thomas Cole was born on February 1, 1801 in Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England. Cole was the shy and sensitive son of an English immigrant who settled in Steubenville, Ohio, where he arrived in 1818. He had set up shop as a wallpaper maker and Thomas helped his father with designs and was shown how to paint likenesses by an itinerant portrait painter who traveled from town to town in early America. He set out to be a traveling portrait painter himself. Yet as he rested by the roadside he found himself powerfully drawn to the wilderness surrounding him, he decided to become a landscape p
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