The Oxbow. Holyoke, Massachusetts
View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm" The Oxbow, 1836. Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 – February 11, 1848) was an English-born American painter known for his landscape and history paintings. One of the major 19th-century American painters, he is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. Cole's work is known for its romantic portrayal of the American wilderness.