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Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

Until 7 October 2018

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

Ticket prices

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Standard admission

£10 Monday – Friday
£12 Saturday – Sunday

Book online and save £2

£8 Monday – Friday
£10 Saturday – Sunday

Please note, only one discount can be applied per ticket.

Book tickets by phone until 3pm the day before your visit.

0800 912 6958
(booking fee applies)
Monday to Saturday
9.30am to 5.30pm
Sundays 10am to 8pm

International callers:
+44 020 7126 5573
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Tickets ordered by phone will be available for collection at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit.

For groups of 10 or more

£6 Monday – Friday
£8 Saturday – Sunday

Student groups

£5 Monday – Friday
£6 Saturday – Sunday

020 7206 1174
Monday to Friday
9.30am to 5.30pm
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0800 912 6958
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tickets@ng-london.org.uk

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Exhibition supported by

With additional thanks to

Alice Goldet

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

"breathtaking drama"
★★★★★
The Times

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Membership pack includes two named Membership cards, free access to all paid exhibitions, special Members' events, booklet and a limited edition tote. Pay by Direct Debit and save £10.

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Membership pack includes a named Membership card, free access to all paid exhibitions, special Members' events, booklet and a limited edition tote. Pay by Direct Debit and save £10.

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Joint Member & guests

For two named individuals, living at the same address, and two guests

Membership pack includes two named Membership card, free access to all paid exhibitions, special Members' events, booklet and a limited edition tote. Pay by Direct Debit and save £10.