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Author Wharton, Thomas Kelah, 1814-1862, author.

Title The majestic nature of the north : Thomas Kelah Wharton's journeys in antebellum America through the Hudson River Valley and New England / edited by Steven A. Walton and Michael J. Armstrong.

Publication Info. Albany : State University of New York Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource
Summary "Thomas Kelah Wharton's travel diaries provide an intimate glimpse into the society of early nineteenth-century America. As a young immigrant from England, the eldest son of a wealthy merchant who fell on hard times, Wharton (1814-1862) navigates the complex world of New York and the Hudson River Valley in the early 1830s and his diaries reveal a vibrant cultural and social scene. Encounters with the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole; author Washington Irving; Sylvanus Thayer, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; the Greek Revival architect Martin Thompson, and many others enliven the story. Wharton was a gifted pen-and-ink artist, and his faithful drawings provide rare and wonderful views of an America just beginning to industrialize. Wharton's journals skip two decades, and pick up in 1853 when Wharton--now an established professional living in New Orleans--brought his young family from New Orleans to Boston. The trip to Boston, richly illustrated with Wharton's fine drawings, illuminates the joys and hazards of travelling aboard steamboats and trains, and touches on the tensions growing between North and South. The journals show an inquisitive, observant mind at work, one with strong artistic opinions and religious views and a bent to Romanticism"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Intro; Contents; List of Illustrations; A Note on Transcription; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; The Life of Thomas Kelah Wharton; Antebellum Diarizing; Artistic Ambitions; Position and Propriety; Connectivity; Chapter 1 Thomas Kelah Wharton's Autobiography; Chapter 2 New York and the Hudson Valley, 1832-1834; Chapter 3 Return to the Northeast, 1853; Chapter 4 Biographical Register; Appendix Known Works by Thomas Kelah Wharton; Building Designs; Cold Spring, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Columbia, Tennessee; Natchez, Mississippi; Holly Springs, Mississippi
Austin, TexasSewanee, Tennessee; New York Public Library Drawings; Journal, volume 1 (1830-1835); Journal, volume 2 (1853-1854); Journal, volume . (1855-1856); Journal, volumes .-. (1855-1861); Journal, volume . (1861-1862); Sketchbook (1853); Other Drawings and Paintings; Drawings in the New York Public Library (1829-1859); Sketches of the David Hosack Estate, Hyde Park, New York (1832); Paintings and Other Drawings; Prints from Wharton's Illustrations; Notes; Index
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Subject Wharton, Thomas Kelah, 1814-1862 -- Diaries.
Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
New England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) -- Description and travel.
New England -- Description and travel.
Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) -- Biography.
New England -- Biography.
Architects -- United States -- Biography.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Walton, Steven A., editor.
Armstrong, Mike (Michael J.), editor.
Other Form: Print version: Wharton, Thomas Kelah, 1814-1862. Majestic nature of the north. Albany : State University of New York Press, [2019] 9781438473277 (DLC) 2018017082 (OCoLC)1057243524
ISBN 9781438473291 (electronic bk.)
143847329X (electronic bk.)