Mount Chocorua, White Mountains
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Mount Chocorua, White Mountains
oil on panel
9 3/4 by 15 in.
25 by 38 cm.
Executed circa 1827.
This work is accompanied by a research report completed by leading Thomas Cole scholar Dr. Alan Wallach.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's:
This work is in very good condition. It is painted on a thick wood panel. The panel is very slightly curved from top to bottom. The painting seems to be clean. It has been varnished.
A few small retouches have been added in the lower right sky to address some cracking. There are four retouches in the center of the sky, and a few cracks on the left of the sky have also been retouched. There are two very thin diagonal scratches in the center of the painting beneath the waterfall and in the lake, which have been retouched. In the center of the left side, a group of cracks has been retouched.
The painting shows no signs of having been abraded or discolored. The restoration is well applied and the work should be hung in its current state.
Framed Dimensions: 18 by 24 in. (45.7 by 61 cm.)
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(probably) Florence Cole Vincent, New York (acquired by descent directly from the artist)
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1969)
[with] Mark Lasalle Fine Art, Albany, New York (acquired from the above in 2014)
Acquired from the above in 2014 by the present owner
Thomas Cole visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the first time in the summer of 1827, after the rise in landscape tourism in New England began attracting tourists to the region. Cole's patron Daniel Wadsworth, founder of the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut, insisted that the artist explore the area and provided him an itinerary to do so. Cole visited the White Mountains again in October of 1828, and kept a diary of the trip in one of his sketchbooks. In an entry dated October 3, 1828 he wrote, "We gained the summit [of Mount Chocorua] and were rewarded for our labours/A sublime prospect opened on every side. Lakes, mountains, streams, forests, villages & farms lay spread beneath us like a beautiful carpet" (Sketchbook No. 2, Detroit Institute of Arts, cited in Ellwood C. Parry III, The Art of Thomas Cole: Ambition and Imagination, 1988, p. 81, as quoted in Alan Wallach's report).
Cole returned to the White Mountains on several occasions throughout the 1820s and '30s, and Mount Chocorua became one of his favorite subjects to illustrate. He ultimately produced as many as twenty paintings from nine different views of Mount Chocorua. With its dramatically decaying branches, a centrally positioned idyllic waterfall, and dreamy clouds, the present work epitomizes the artist's approach to sublime landscapes.