Cole's Circle


Featherstonhaugh, George William (1780-1866)

English-born aristocrat, Featherstonhaugh (pronounced "Fan-shaw") was one of Cole's first patrons. Cole stayed with Featherstonhaugh on his Schoharie River estate during the winter of 1825-26, where he worked on the many commissions he had received the previous year. The relationship between Featherstonhaugh and Cole deteriorated soon after, due to Featherstonhaugh's supposed poor treatment of his guest. Cole may have painted Falls of the Kaaterskill (1826) during his stay at Featherstonhaugh's estate. See Cole, Landscape, the Seat of Mr. Featherstonhaugh in the Distance.