Cole's Circle


Allston, Washington (1779-1843)

American Romantic poet and a pioneering painter of allegorical and pastoral landscapes, Allston is best known for his dramatic subject matter and idealized landscape views. Although Cole's relationship with Allston was limited, it is evident from one of Cole's journal entries, in which he mourns Allston's death, that he greatly admired the older painter for his "highly prized" and beautiful works of art.