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Peter Moran. A Passing Storm. Etching. 1884. Pencil signed. $475.00

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“A Passing Storm”

Peter Moran (1841- 1914) was born in Lancashire England. His family emigrated to the United States in 1644 and settled in Philadelphia a year later. At sixteen Peter was apprenticed to a lithographer for a short time before he went to study art with two of his brothers. They had both become established artists and later became famous for their talent; Thomas Moran for his canvases capturing the grandeur of the American west and Edward Moran as a marine painter. Thomas introduced Peter to the American southwest and Peter traveled to Taos three times between 1880 and 1881 however, he maintained a studio in Philadelphia throughout his career. Peter founded the Philadelphia Society of Etchers and served as its president for the 23 years that the organization was active. He was also a founder of the Philadelphia Art Club and a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Peter Moran created a painting of the same subject alternatively entitled “The Coming Storm” and “Return of the Herd” which he exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition where it won a medal of excellence.  It is thought to be a site near York Maine. He experimented with printing techniques, application of ink and types of paper. We have a number of impressions of this image.

15 ½ x 22 ¼ inches, sheet.
Excellent condition.
Signed in the plate and pencil signed in lower right.