|Thomas Cool (Sneek 1851 - Bussum 1904) is mentioned by Christopher
Wright, “Paintings in Dutch Museums”, p81. He is hardly known. A cousin
is painter Thomas (Simon) Cool (1831-1870). More distant cousins are H.W.
Mesdag and Lawrence Alma Tadema.
Drenths Museum has two aquarels and accepted two paintings that in the
mean time still hang at home with the family. The work at Frans Hals Museum
"Forum Romanum bij maanlicht" is severly damaged by water. The work
mentioned by Wright for the Boijmans - Van Beuningen actually belongs to
his cousin (noted by Erik van Boxtel). Some huge paintings on Saint Peter's
Cathedral were once stored in the attic of the Peace Palace in The Hague
but eventually deteriorated too much, and have been destroyed. The following
works may be between half and a third of what remains. (Return
to former page.)
"Thermen van Caracalla" (Drents Museum)
"Colosseum bij maanlicht" ("Colosseum in moonlight"), size 210 x 157 cm, but with the frame 255 by 205 cm (width vs height).
"Meer van Albano" ("Albano lake") (The photograph curiously doesn't give a full match with the paintings colours.)
"Nemi meer bij maan" ("Nemi lake in moonlight")
"Interno del Dom de Milano"
"Via Sacra vanaf de Titusboog" ("Via Sacra seen from Titus' Arch")
Interieur Pantheon (300 cm hoog en 230 cm breed) (Interior Pantheon)
"Pier Pander" ("Portrait of Pier Pander")
"Studie Forum Romanum" ("Study Forum Romanum")
"Portret van moeder" (Trijntje Eekma 1825-1853). ("Portrait of mother". As his mother died when he was about 1.5 years of age, it is not clear how he made this image. Perhaps from a photograph that does not exist anymore, or perhaps from asking his father.)
P.M. By others
"Portret van Thomas Cool" door J.H.F.C. Nachtweh ("Portrait of Thomas Cool" by Nachtweh.) (Drents Museum)
Portret van Thomas Cool door Johan
Cohen Gosschalk. (Drents Museum) (Portrait of Thomas Cool by Johan
Cohen Gosschalk. When Theo van Gogh died, his widow Jo Bonger married Cohen
and moved to Bussum, at a walking distance where TC1851 lived. See Van
With thanks to Tjakko Hoeve for the photographs and Jan Jacob Bruin
for their processing and cadres.