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Thomas Cole, 1801–1848, The Consummation of Empire, about 1833–1836
The Course of Empire is a series of paintings depicting the rise and fall of an imaginary city, representing humanity as a whole. The Consummation of Empire, the third in the series, depicts a summer’s day, where people are seen enjoying themselves, drinking and blowing horns to ships passing by. Cole represented complete decadence, reminiscent of ancient Rome, and, as ever in religious themes, decadence often means the worst is to come. This later stage is represented in our other lining from the series; Destruction. Light pastel colours are used which contrast with the bright red and orange hues used to represent the people and the ships.
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Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848) was one of the most influential painters of American Wilderness. Born in England, he moved to the United States as a young man, where he became one of the major 19th-century painters, focusing on landscapes and historic paintings. He was the first artist to get inspiration from European Romantic landscape to paint American landscape. He travelled all over France and Italy to get inspiration, that’s where he worked on the 5 paintings of the series Course of Empire, which showed the rise and fall of an imaginary city, representing humanity. He is said to have inspired the creation of the Hudson River School, an art movement from the 19th century whose goal was to depict the majesty of the American landscape.
Thomas Cole was a very religious man and he often included religious themes in his paintings. He wanted to use landscape to express moral meanings, often showing destruction and the fall of civilisation.
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Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk linings are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
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