The Grand Canyon. 1913 Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
|Dover Publications. Mineola, New York. Great Paintings of the American West.|
Children of the Mountain. Thomas Moran. 1866.
|Dover Publications. Mineaola, New York. Great Paintings of the American West.|
Thomas Moran was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, in 1837. In 1844 his family moved to Baltimore, then settled in Philadelphia. When he was 16, Moran began an apprenticeship in a wood engraver's shop. After two years, left to begin a full-time painting career but he knew he need more training so, like many others, he studied in Europe and was especially interested in the art of J.W. Turner.
He became a well-known painter, engraver and illustrator, working for Scribner's magazine. Through Scribner's he learned of an expedition to Yellowstone and became part of the survey team, sponsored by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Northern Pacific was very interested in popularizing the area thinking of expanding their railroad westward.
Moran spent 40 days in the area, and documented over 30 different sites. His paintings were instrumental in Yellowstone becoming a national park. His diary of his impressions of his trip is available on: www.nps.gov/yell/historyculture/moransdiarypage1.htm.
As an extra bonus, these American stamps of the Hudson River School were just released. Notice Thomas Moran's painting in the upper left hand corner.