Durand who has been his friend for long. Thomas’ fame continued to spread across the country by then.
While still on his twenties, he was made a fellow of the National academy. Cole then returned to Britain to attend to a family business and to study in between the year 1829 and 1831. He also traveled to Germany and France. These years of traveling enabled Cole to meet with some prominent persons who were traveling to abroad hence increasing his fame, status and reputation. In November 1832, Cole went back to New York City to mount a display of his Europe painting that really attracted a good number of people in New York. Cole then rented a small building and started his Catskill studio that was at Cedar Grove which is now Thomas Cole national cite. This period is when Cole came to know Luman Reed who opened a personal art Gallery in the New York City. Reed became Cole’s patron; this was when Cole produced one of his best series of arts that attracted the attention of most people. The series of painting was known as ‘The Course of Empire’.
In the period of 1835-1836, Cole realized how industrialization was really contributing in destruction of the beautiful vegetation of the nation and this really inspired him. Both Cole’s patron and his Father died in 1836. During this sorrowful year, there was also happiness as Cole married Maria Bartow at Cedar Grove which finally became Thomas Cole’s home. In 1893, a painting known as ’The Voyage of Life’ was produced for Samuel Ward at a price of $ 5000 but on November 1840 left without completing his commission. Cole again went back to England in 1841, the year in which he painted the second ‘Voyage of Life’ while in Italy which he then shipped to New York City and in July 1842 he returned to New York City.
On return to New York City, Cole became a member of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill by accepting to