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A letter, Oct. 7, 1896, in which Cole writes of an enclosed sketch of Boston drawn by his father (he estimates ca. 1828) which he gives to the Gages as an expression of appreciation for their hospitality while he visited Boston; and a letter, Oct. 19, 1896, in which Cole discusses the same sketch and the death of a dear friend.
George Gage letters from Thomas Cole [son], 1896. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 2812 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Thomas Cole (b. 1848) was the posthumous child of landscape, portrait and religious painter Thomas Cole and Maria Barstow Cole. The senior Cole died February 11 or 12, 1848, of complications stemming from pleurisy. There were three other children: Theodore (born January 1, 1838), Mary (born 1839), and Emily (born 1843).
Donated 1967 by Mrs. William Adams, whose relationship to Gage and Cole is unclear.
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