American, 1829-1901

New York Harbor, ca. 1875

oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 36 inches

  • Provenance: Private Collection, Massachusetts; Shannon's, Milford, Connecticut, April 26, 2012, lot 32; Private Collection, Tennessee.

    Framed dimensions: 35 x 48 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

    Edward Moran (1829-1901) was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1829. At the age of fifteen, Moran immigrated with his family to the United States. He first studied landscape and marine painting in Philadelphia and later returned to England to study at the Royal Academy in London. In 1871 he moved to New York City, which would, except for a brief move to France in the late 1870s, thenceforth be his primary city of residence.
    Throughout the 1860s Moran exhibited at venues in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Moran settled in New York City and for nearly thirty years painted the city's harbor. Then, New York City's harbor was the busiest in the United States, providing Moran with inspiration for many paintings, with the port seen at different times of day and in a variety of weather conditions.
    With his brother, Thomas, Edward Moran opened a studio in 1857, and in 1860 he was made an academician of the Pennsylvania Academy. He resigned in 1869 over the poor display of his paintings. In the 1870s he began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design and was elected an associate member in 1874.
    Moran's work in the 1870s became more tonal, atmospheric, and luminous, moving away from his more detailed marine paintings. The luminist qualities of the present lot reveal the emerging influence of Moran's contemporaries including John F. Kensett and Sanford Gifford.
    In 1888 Moran published "Hints for Practical Study of Marine Painting" in the Art Amateur. His most ambitious endeavor was the creation of thirteen works entitled The Edward Moran Series of Historical Paintings Representing Important Epochs in the Maritime History of the United States, which he completed in 1898. At the time of his death in 1901, it was written that "Few artists have painted more charming landscapes or better cattle pieces, and none, perhaps, have surpassed him as a painter of marines. It is as a painter of seascapes, doubtless, that he will live in fame."
    Moran's work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Chrysler Museum, National Museum of American Art, United States Naval Academy, Denver Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    Tags: oil painting, New York City, listed artist, 19th century, marine / coastal / seascape
  • Condition: in overall very good to excellent condition; unlined canvas; a few very minor scattered dots of restoration; very minor scattered craquelure; in an exceptional period frame

    We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Shannon’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Frames on all paintings are sold "As Is". Frames may need some conservation. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE. 

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