- Date Wednesday, November 30, 2016
- Credits Thomas Cole (1836) via Wikimedia Commons
- Themes Politics and Economics
The Course of Empire is a five-part series of paintings created by Thomas Cole in the years 1833–36. This painting "Destruction", is the fourth in the set. "It is notable in part for reflecting popular American sentiments of the times, when many saw pastoralism as the ideal phase of...