Inscribed backing panel for "The Course of Empire"

Object Number: 
INV.4815
Date: 
1836
Medium: 
Oil on pine board
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 7/8 x 42 1/8 in. ( 50.5 x 107 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Inscribed: "This picture with four others constitute a series called The/Course of Empire. They were painted for Mrs. Luman Reed,/But before they were completed I had to lament his death./Thomas Cole./Catskill. 1836."
Description: 
Wood panel inscribed: "This picture with four others constitute a series called The Course of Empire. They were painted for Mr Luman Reed, but before they were completed I had to lament his death./Thomas Cole./Catskill.1836"
Gallery Label: 
This wood panel was used as a protective backing for "The Consummation of Empire" canvas from the five-part series of paintings "The Course of Empire". The moving inscription refers to Luman Reed's death on June 7, 1836, and suggests that Cole intended "The Course of Empire" to serve as a lasting memorial to Reed, both as a friend and as a patron of the arts.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group