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Hand-painted friezes found at Cedar Grove

Jul 02, 2015 7:09 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] The main house at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, Catskill, N.Y.
(From thomascole.org)[/caption]

Kate Seckinger is reporting in The Daily Mail historic murals hand-painted by Thomas Cole in the east and west parlors of his home, Cedar Grove, have been uncovered. The two friezes, or decorative painted borders near the ceilings in both rooms, are thought to date from around 1836. Thomas Cole Historic Site Executive Director Betsy Jacks said Cole's signature was not found, but the quality of the work and correspondence from the time strongly support the theory that the discovery was the American painter's work. “The painting is of Thomas Cole’s caliber and because he was the one choosing the materials for redecoration, it leaves us with no other conclusion that this is his work,” Jacks said. Steven Dunn, the vice chairman at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, said the discovery was amazing to behold. “It was like another world when we found out,” Dunn said. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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