Art & Architecture
COLE, THOMAS. 1801-1848.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Thomas Cole"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Catskill, July 19, 1838, to J.P. Ridner of Greenwich, NY, some creasing and staining, address leaf soiled, loss at seal.
Col, known for his landscapes of the Catskills, was a leader in the Hudson School of American Art, and also a founding member of the American Art Union, an early subscription-based organization designed to promote American art to native audiences. Cole's correspondent, John. P. Ridner, was a mahogany merchant and a founding member of the AAU who published a monograph on painting, The Artist's Chromatic Hand-Book (1850).
In this letter, Cole writes Ridner regarding measurements for a frame the latter is making for a piece of art: "It is probably that I have made a mistake about the Frame & write in haste to rectify it--I have measured the picture carefully to find it as follows...." [Cole inserts a diagram with measurements of the frame here.] "I am sorry to have given you trouble in this matter by I hope the Frame is not yet commenced." Cole goes on to give Ridner a idea of his future plans to visit New York City.