Edward Moran, American (born England), 1829 - 1901
The eldest in a large family of artists, Edward Moran came to the United States from England in the 1840s and settled in Philadelphia. Representing the mid-century romantic taste for blockbuster marines, Moran followed the lead of J.M.W. Turner, whose work he would have known from engravings. Strong contrasts of light and dark, a swirling merger of sea and sky, and a convincing grasp of natural detail contribute to a sensational effect of chaos and danger in this early work. Moran enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a painter of historical marines.