By RALPH GARDNER JR.
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Thomas Cole’s ‘The Clove, Catskills’ (1827)
My summer plans are set: I’m going to follow the Hudson River School Art Trail. Actually, it’s not quite as ambitious an undertaking as it might sound, such as traversing the full length of the Appalachian Trail, which runs between Georgia and Maine. I suspect I can do it in an afternoon or two.
Starting at artist Thomas Cole’s house in Catskill, N.Y., the Hudson River School Art Trail includes Olana—Frederic Church’s Persian-style mansion overlooking the river—and wends through