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Paintings, Drawings

 Drawing - Near San Francisco, Mexico, March 1, 1883 by Thomas Moran

Near San Francisco, Mexico, March 1, 1883

 Drawing - Toltec Gorge And Eva Cliff From The West, Colorado, 1892 by Thomas Moran

Toltec Gorge And Eva Cliff From The West, Colorado, 1892

 Drawing - Yellowstone, Hot Springs, July 21, 1892 by Thomas Moran

Yellowstone, Hot Springs, July 21, 1892

 Drawing - The Tetons, Idaho, 1879 by Thomas Moran

The Tetons, Idaho, 1879

The Great Thermal Springs Of Gardiner's River Montana


Entrance To The Grand Canal. Venice

Christmas Card Illustration


Twilight Landscape. Flight Into Egypt

Coconino Pines And Cliff. Arizona

The Receding Wave

Grand Canyon in Mist

Shoshone Falls on the Snake River

Rainbow over the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Wilds of Lake Superior

Green River Cliffs, Wyoming

The Juniata, Evening

Golden Gate, Yellowstone National Park

Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser Basin, Firehole River, Yellowstone

Hot Springs of the Yellowstone

Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah

Point Lobos, Monterey, California

The Golden Hour

The Much Resounding Sea

The North Dome, Yosemite, California

Valley of Cuernavaca

Zoroaster Peak (Grand Canyon, Arizona)

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone Lake,

Cliff Dwellers

The Yellowstone Lake with Hot Springs

Conway Castle

Venice from the Lagoon

Cliffs, Green River, Wyoming

Autumn on the Wissahickon

Long Island Landscape

Land of Dreams

Zion Canyon

Cliffs on the Green River

Autumn, Peconic Bay, Long Island

Venice, Grand Canal



The Bathers

Toltec Gorge, Colorado


The Bathing Hole, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Vera Cruz, Mexico

Landscape after Second Lesson with Edward Moran

Pacific Sunset

Cliffs of the Rio Virgin, South Utah

Big Springs in Yellowstone Park

A Late Afternoon in Summer

Venice, The Little Bridge

Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River

Jupiter Terrace, Yellowstone

A Bit of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River,

Tower Falls and Sulphur Rock, Yellowstone

Tower Falls and Sulphur Mountain, Yellowstone

Cloudy Day at Amagansett

Zion Valley, South Utah

Portneuf Canyon, Idaho

The Borda Gardens, Mexico,

Zion Valley

Venetian Scene

Long Island River

Cresheim Glen, Wissahickon, Autumn

Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Valley

Looking over Niagara Falls


Crossing the Brook Near Plainfield, New Jersey

Bridge and Tower at Torcello,

Mexican Plaza, Market Day

In the Lava Beds


Domes of the Yosemite

Crystal Falls

Bright Angel Trail

View of Fairmont Waterworks, Philadelphia,

Lower Manhattan from Communipaw, New Jersey

In the Cajon above Troyes, Mexico

A Deer in a Mountain Landscape

A Miracle of Nature

View of East Hampton


The Devils Den on Cascade Creek

Christmas Card Decoration

Old Windmill, East Hampton, Long Island, New York

Cascade Falls, Yosemite

The Devils Slide Yellowstone

Yellowstone Canyon

An Indian Pueblo, Laguna, New Mexico

Lower Geyser Basin,

Cascading Water

The Yellowstone Range, near the Crow Mission,

Dusk Wings

View of Venice

Devils Tower, Green River, Wyoming

Church at Teoloyacan

Venice Fish Market

Castle Butte, Green River, Wyoming,

Windsor Castle

Mission in Old Mexico

Distant Peaks

Ulysses and the Sirens

Castle of San Juan D'Ulloa, Vera Cruz, Mexico

Yellowstone Lake

Misty Morning, Appaquogue

Indian Summer


Chasm of the Colorado

Slave Hunt, Dismal Swamp, Virginia

Monterey Coast

Young Girl in a Long Island Landscape

East Hampton Beach

Chicago World's Fair

The Morning After

Mosquito Trail, Rocky Mountains of Colorado

In the Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

East Hampton Beach

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

Moonrise, Chioggia, Venice

Shin-Au-Av-Tu-Weap (God Land), Canyon of the Colorado, Utah

Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice

Colburn's Butte, South Utah

East Hampton, Long Island

Children of the Mountain

Nutting, Autumn

Moonlight in Venice

Venetian Scene

East Hampton, Long Island, Sand

June, East Hampton

Long Island Landscape

Moonlight, Devil's Den

The Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Hot Springs at Gardiners River

Liberty Cap and Clematis Gulch

A Showery Day, Grand Canyon

East Moriches

Angangueo, Mexico

The Passing Shower

Pool in the Forest, Long Island

Moonlit Seascape

The Grand Canyon

An English Fishing Village, Polperro, Cornwall

The Wilds of Lake Superior,

Smelting Works at Denver

Stranded Ship on East Hampton Beach

Grand Canyon of the Colorado

Venice, Italy

Grand Canyon

Wyoming Fall, Yellowstone River

Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice

Summer Landscape with Cows

The Stronghold

The Rapids above Niagara

Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice

The Grand Canyon

Fort George Island, aka, Whistlejacket

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Venice, Reminiscence of Vera Cruz, Mexico

Environs of Salt Lake, Utah

Red Rock, Arizona, aka, Coconino Pines and Cliff, Arizona

Old Faithful

Grand Canyon

Summit of the Sierras

Mountain of the Holy Cross

Petrified Forest

Tower Falls

The Evening Hunter

A Rocky Mountain Peak, Idaho Territory

Grand Canyon

Mountain of the Holy Cross

Moonlight, Icebergs in Mid-Atlantic

The Three Tetons


View at Sunset

Vera Cruz Harbor

Grand Canyon

The Yellowstone River, at its Exit from the Yellowstone Lake

Twilight Landscape, aka, Flight into Egypt,

Fiercely the Red Sun Descending, Burned His Way across the Heavens

Two Owls

Vera Cruz Harbor, Mexico

Splendor of Venice (The Grand Canal)

Index Peak

Fort George Island

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Fingal's Cave, Island of Staffa, Scotland

The Teton Range

San Luis Postosi

Hopi Museum, Arizona

Near Fort Wingate, New Mexico

A Showery Day, Long Island

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

First Sketch Made in the West at Green River, Wyoming

Santa Barbara Mission

Near Tula

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Fisherman's Wedding Party

Summer Squall

Santa Maria and The Ducal Palace, Venice

The Grand Canal, Venice

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Forest Scene

Venetian Canal Scene

Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho

Venetian Scene

Shepherdess Watching Her Flock

A View of Venice

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

On the Berry Trail, Grand Canyon of Arizona

Fort George Island, Florida

A Side Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Utah

On the St. John's River, Florida

Salvator Rosa Sketching the Banditi

The Gate of Venice

Venice, from near San Giorgio

Grand Canyon with Rainbows

On the Wissahickon near Chestnut Hill


The Splendor of Venice

A Pastoral Landscape

Summer, Amphitheatre, Colorado River, Utah Territory

Grand Canal, Venice

Amalfi Coast

Glorious Venice

The Passing Storm

Under the Red Wall, Grand Canyon of Arizona

Badlands of the Dakota

Golden Bough (after Joseph Mallor William Turner)

Temple of Venus, Castle of Baiae

The Angry Sea

Venice from San Giorgio

A Water Pocket in Southern Utah

A Side Canyon, Grand Canyon of Arizona

The Grand Canyon, Hance Trail

Pass at Glencoe, Scotland

Golden Gateway to the Yellowstone

Approaching Storm

Tower Creek

Windsor Castle

Passing Shower

Grand Canal

Sand in the Canyon

An Arizona Sunset Near the Grand Canyon

A Mountain of Loadstone

Romantic Landscape


Moonlit Seascape

Winter in the Rockies

The Grand Canal

Near East Hampton, Long Island

The Artist's Home, East Hampton, Long Island

Teoloyucan, Mexico


Women at the Fountain, Vera Cruz

The Picnic

Waterfall in Yosemite


Grand Canyon

Spectres from the North

The Woodland Pool

Ponce de Leon in Florida

The Autumnal Woods, aka, Under the Trees

Grand Canyon

The Splendor of Venice

World's Columbian Exposition

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Thomas Moran - The Juniata Evening by Thomas Moran

The Juniata Evening

Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran (February 12, 1837 – August 25, 1926) from Bolton, England was an American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York whose work often featured the Rocky Mountains. Moran and his family took residence in New York where he obtained work as an artist. He was a younger brother of the noted marine artist Edward Moran, with whom he shared a studio. A talented illustrator and exquisite colorist, Thomas Moran was hired as an illustrator at Scribner's Monthly. During the late 1860s, he was appointed the chief illustrator for the magazine, a position that helped him launch his career as one of the premier painters of the American landscape. Moran along with Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, and William Keith are sometimes referred to as belonging to the Rocky Mountain School of landscape painters because of all of the Western landscapes made by this group


Thomas Moran


Thomas Moran standing on a balcony, smoking a cigar, 1912

Thomas Moran began his artistic career as a teenage apprentice to the Philadelphia wood-engraving firm Scattergood & Telfer. Moran found the engraving process "tedious" [3] and spent his free time working on his own watercolors.[4] By the mid-1850s he was drawing the firm's illustrations for publication rather than carving them. He began studying with local painter James Hamilton who introduced him to the work of British artist J. M. W. Turner. Moran traveled to England in 1862 to see Turner's work and he often acknowledged that artist's influence on his use of color and choice of landscapes. During the 1870s and 1880s Moran's designs for wood-engraved illustrations appeared in major magazines and gift oriented publications.

Grand Canyon of the Colorado River

Moran was married to Scottish born Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899), an etcher and landscape painter. The couple had two daughters and a son. His brothers Edward (1829–1901), John (1831–1902) and Peter (1841–1914), as well as his nephews Edward Percy Moran (1862–1935) and Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) were also active as artists. He died in Santa Barbara, California on August 26, 1926.

Yellowstone images

Thomas Moran's vision of the Western landscape was critical to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. In 1871 Dr. Ferdinand Hayden, director of the United States Geological Survey, invited Moran, at the request of American financier Jay Cooke, to join Hayden and his expedition team into the unknown Yellowstone region. Hayden was just about to embark on his arduous journey when he received a letter from Cooke presenting Moran as "an artist of Philadelphia of rare genius".[5] Funded by Cooke (the director of the Northern Pacific Railroad), and Scribner's Monthly, a new illustrated magazine, Moran agreed to join the survey team of the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 in their exploration of the Yellowstone region. During forty days in the wilderness area, Moran visually documented over 30 different sites and produced a diary of the expedition's progress and daily activities. His sketches, along with photographs produced by survey member William Henry Jackson, captured the nation's attention and helped inspire Congress to establish the Yellowstone region as the first national park in 1872. Moran's paintings along with Jackson's photographs revealed the scale and splendor of the beautiful Yellowstone region more than written or oral descriptions, persuading President Grant and the US Congress that Yellowstone was to be preserved. Moran's impact on Yellowstone was great, but Yellowstone had a significant influence on the artist, too. His first national recognition as an artist, as well as his first large financial success resulted from his connection with Yellowstone. He even adopted a new signature: T-Y-M, Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran. Just one year after his introduction to the area, Moran captured the imagination of the American public with his first enormous painting of a far-western natural wonder, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which the government purchased in 1872 for $10,000.[6] For the next two decades, he published his work in various periodicals and created hundreds of large paintings. Several of these, including two versions of The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1893–1901 and 1872) and Chasm of the Colorado (1873–74) are now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Over the next forty years Moran traveled extensively. He went back to Yellowstone with Jackson in 1892. They were invited by Elwood Mead, the state engineer of Wyoming, in preparation for a "Wyoming Exhibition" at the World's Columbian Exposition.[6] Thousands of tourists were now able to visit the park, arriving by the Northern Pacific Railway, and Moran and Jackson were able to take advantage of the tourist facilities, such as a hotel at Mammoth Hot Springs. Moran wrote "After a day at Norris we left for the Grand Canyon where we stayed two days and made a great many photos. I saw so much to sketch that I have determined to return there myself after I have been to the Geyser Basins and the lake and spend a week at work there. It is as glorious in color as ever and I was completely carried away by its magnificence. I think I can paint a better picture of it than the old one after I have made my sketches."[6] Moran sketched many more images of the Canyon on this trip than he had in 1871, including views from the viewpoint named for him on the 1871 trip, "Moran Point."

Moran was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Design in 1884 and produced numerous works of art in his senior years.[7]

Painting in the White House

Thomas Moran has a painting exhibited as part of the White House collection. In the picture President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres is depicted in the Oval Office. On the wall, the portrait of George Washington is between City of Washington From Beyond the Navy Yard (1833) by George Cooke (on the left) and The Three Tetons (1895) by Thomas Moran (on the right). Official White House photo by Pete Souza.

The Thomas Moran House in East Hampton, New York is a National Historic Landmark.[8] Mount Moran in the Grand Teton National Park is named for Moran.[9] His work is held in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[10]

See also

List of Hudson River School artists
Edward Moran
New York Etching Club
Western painting


"The Lure of the West". University of Virginia, American Studies. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
Kinsey, Joni Louise (1992). Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press. pp. 43–92. ISBN 1-56098-170-9.
Wilkins, Thurman. Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998, p. 18-19.
Wilkins, Thurman, p. 19.
"Yellowstone National Park:
Its Exploration and Establishment". National Park Service. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
Richard P. Townsend, Thomas Moran at Gilcrease - Moran and the European Tradition, Gilcrease Journal, vol. 5, no.1, Spring/Summer 1997.
"Thomas Moran Gallery
The Yellowstone National Park and the Mountain Regions
of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah". Arader Galleries. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
"Hayden Expedition". Wyoming Tales and Trails. Retrieved 10 October 2010.

"Thomas Moran - People - Collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum".


Wilkins, Thurman; Hinkley, Caroline L; Goetzmann, William H. (1998). Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3040-8. LCC N6537.M6443 W55 1998.
Kinsey, Joni Louise (1992). Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-170-9.

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