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Thomas Cole (1801-1848)
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Overall: 17 3/8 x 32 3/4 x 1/4 in. (44.1 x 83.2 x 0.6 cm)
Signed and inscribed at lower left in oil: "Chesley Bonestell"
Landscape which depicts the smoke and fire that have engulfed lower Manhattan in the wake of an atomic blast.
This painting was originally published in Collier's to illustrate an article by John Lear entitled, "Hiroshima U.S.A., Can Anything Be Done About It?"; the caption of the picture reads: "A cloud of black grime masked the lower city...where 100,000 people had lived--in an area roughly fifteen blocks long and twenty blocks across--there was now an ugly brown-red scar...beyond the rim of the scar, thousands of fires were lighted."
Gift of Chesley Bonestell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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