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Past exhibition

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

11 June – 7 October 2018

Admission charge

Location: Ground Floor Galleries

Watch empires rise and fall, and lose yourself in the vast American wilderness.

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation.

This is a rare chance to see Cole's epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature.

Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him.

While you’re here, see a free exhibition – inspired by Cole’s ‘The Course of Empire’ – by arguably the most famous artist working in Los Angeles today, Ed Ruscha.

Image above: Detail from Thomas Cole, 'The Course of Empire: Desolation', 1836. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society © Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York / Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions

Exhibition supported by

White & Case Wells Fargo Terra

With additional thanks to


Alice Goldet


The Sunley exhibition programme is supported by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

"breathtaking drama"
The Times