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Artist Biography

Before Edward Moran emigrated from England to the United States at the age of fifteen, he was an apprentice at his family’s handloom weaving business in Lancaster. His work in the textile industry continued in Maryland, where he found a job at a large cotton mill. Three years later Moran moved to Philadelphia to study art under the marine painter James Hamilton, who first introduced Moran to the Luminst style. He exhibited his own work for the first time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1854, while he supported himself as a lithographer. Moran opened a studio in Philadelphia with his younger brother Thomas. Thomas, who would later become famous for his paintings of the American West, later wrote of his brother: “He taught the rest of us Morans all we know about art and grounded us in the principles we have worked on all of our lives.” From 1871 until his death, Moran lived and worked in New York City. The height of his popularity came in the 1880s, when he was recognized as a preeminent marine painter.

*Natalie Spassky, American Paintings: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol II, 1985, p. 309