Thomas Cole was an American artist, born in England in 1801. His family emigrated to USA in 1818. He is best known for his realistic and detailed portrayal of American landscape and wilderness, focused mostly on romantic subjects. He legacy includes also thousands of pencil sketches, of which over 2,500 are in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
There are 24 sketches from Volterra in the DIA collection, all dated 1831, when Cole must have visited the city.
Torre Maschio, Volterra, Italy 1831 (Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA)
The view of the Medici Fortress over the walls and buildings of Volterra
You can see all sketches by Thomas Cole from Volterra in the DIA collection here.
Please visit also the beautiful website dedicated to Thomas Cole art: Explore Thomas Cole.