Dream of Arcadia

After Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848)
James Smillie, Engraver (American, 1807-1885)

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While the Art-Union distributed only black-and-white engravings, many hand-colored examples exist. These were made as miniature paintings suitable for hanging in the homes of the middle-class Americans who constituted much of the national membership of the Art-Union. Here, the variations in color from the original Cole painting, particularly noticeable in the costumes of the Arcadians, suggest that whoever expertly applied the watercolor to the engraving was unfamiliar with the Cole.

Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1978

Object Information

After Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848)
James Smillie (American, 1807-1885)
creation date
1850, copyright 1851
hand-colored steel engraving
6-5/8 x 10-1/2 in. (image)
14-3/8 x 17-7/16 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Inscribed below image, l.l.: Painted by Thomas Cole | inscribed below image, L.R.: Engraved by James Smillie | inscribed below image, C.: Dream of Arcadia
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Miscellaneous Funds
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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