Thomas Cole was a painter from Lancashire, England. He spent the summer of 1825 walking the Hudson Valley and Catskills and making sketches of his observations. One of his famous paintings was "The Falls of Caterskill", which was purchased by a fellow artist, John Trumbull, for $25 sometime in 1826.
In 1836 he married Maria Bartow and the couple moved to a small house in Catskill. He continued his years travelling and painting and became a member of the Episcopal Church, where he took artists on as apprentices.
Thomas Cole climbed one last time in October of 1847 on Overlook Mountain. The next year he passed away just before springtime.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."