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More decorative art found at Cole house under paint layers

CATSKILL, N.Y. — More decorative painting has been discovered on a wall of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Hudson Valley.

The famed Hudson River School artist painted patterned borders just below of the ceilings in some rooms of his 19th century home in Catskill, New York. Those decorative patterns were lost beneath layers of paint for more than a century, until some of them were rediscovered in recent years.

Administrators at the Cole historic site announced Monday the discovery of fourth decorative border on the walls of a first-floor room. About two feet of the painting has been revealed so far. It’s a red and black Pompeii-influenced design on a light red wall.

Cole is known for painting lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement.

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