National Gallery, London, UK. 7 June, 2018. Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire. Tthe American wilderness is seen through the eyes of British-born Thomas Cole (1801–1848). Thomas Cole’s work depicts nature at its most powerful and vulnerable. His paintings glory in the unique terrain of the American Northeast – largely still unspoiled in his time - while serving as a cautionary tale about the use of natural resources in an increasingly industrial age. Credit: Malcolm Park/Alamy Live News.