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Edward Moran, American (born England), 1829 - 1901

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

40 1/8 × 60 1/8 inches (101.9 × 152.7 cm) Framed: 53 inches × 6 feet 1 1/2 inches × 5 1/2 inches (134.6 × 186.7 × 14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 217, American Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of E. H. Butler, 1894

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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.

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