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Thomas Moran (american 1837-1926) A Pah-ute Girl 1879 - Etching, Print


£950 | $1,324 USD | €1,107 EUR
Item Number: SA823764
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Radnorshire Fine Arts Ltd
This antique has been viewed 25 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.


Line etching with drypoint, printed in black ink on tanned thin Japan (second state). This print is displayed in a new mount (no frame).
Signed in pencil (lower left) and inscribed by the artist in pencil on a separate sheet previously attached to the original mount; “Miss C F Gordon Cumming with regards of Thomas Moran”.
A printed inscription in the plate reads; Ku-Ra-Tu / A Pah-Ute-Girl / T Moran (upper left) dated 1879 (lower left, slightly smudged). There appears to be a faint plate-mark on this impression.
Exhibition catalogue: C. Klackner’s, New York, March 1889. A Catalogue of the Complete Etched Works of Thomas Moran and M Nimmo Moran. “A Pah-Ute Girl” 1878. From a sketch made by the artist in Southern Utah. Never before printed. Page 10. No. 8.
Exhibition catalogue: The Prints of Thomas Moran in - The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art. Oct 1986 – Jan 1987. Pages; 78-79. No. 17, illustrated.
Sheet: 10 7/8 in x 8 in. (27.7 cm x 20.4 cm.)
Image: 8 5/16 in x 5 3/8 in. (21.1 cm x 13.6 cm.)
Mount: 16 7/8 in x 13 1/4 in. (42.9 cm x 33.8 cm.)
This print is in very good condition and is unique in the respect that it was gifted by the artist to the noted Scottish travel writer and painter, Constance Frederica Gordon-Cumming (1837-1924). Gordon-Cumming was born into a wealthy family, she travelled around the world painting and writing on scenes and life as she saw them. She was a friend and influencer of the travel writers and artists Marianne Isabella North and Isabella Bird.
Gordon-Cumming visited Yosemite Valley in April 1878, after visiting Tahiti. She intended to visit for 3 days but ended up staying 3 months. She says "I for one have wandered far enough over the wide world to know a unique glory when I am blessed by the sight of one . . ." She published her letters back home as Granite Crags in 1884. While in Yosemite Miss Gordon-Cumming also drew watercolour sketches, which she displayed in Yosemite Valley—making it the first art exhibition in Yosemite.
In May 1882 the Moran’s sailed for the British Isles – they visited Scotland and London (where they met Francis Seymour Haden of the London Society of Painter-Etchers and John Ruskin). A year previous to this visit Mary and Thomas were invited to become fellows of the London Society of Painter-Etchers, and Moran was elected an Associate of the National Academy. Ruskin bought etchings from both the Moran’s.

Despite his inventiveness, Moran also had a strong naturalistic proclivity. He encountered photographers on many of his expeditions and commissions, and his brother John’s occupation as a photographer in Philadelphia may have led to Thomas’ incorporation of photographs into his works. The Pah-Ute Girl and The Empty Cradle were both drawn from photos taken by the German-born American, John Hillers (1843-1925) on the 1873 Powell expedition to what is now Utah and southern Arizona. Apparently, Moran arranged the poses to correspond better to nineteenth-century artistic conventions. Moreover, the costumes may have been anachronistic, for Hillers states in his diary that, on the 1873 expedition, Powell took along clothing acquired on an earlier trip in the late 1860s. Similarly, Moran produced an etching titled, The Church of San Juan, this etching was also derived from a photograph but several sketches and watercolours intervened between the photograph and the final print. The mere copying of photographs was never Moran’s aim.
Thomas Moran made more than eighty etchings during his career. Throughout the 1880's Moran was widely exhibited, winning honours, awards and high critical praise. The etchings also enjoyed commercial success, with various editions selling out shortly after their publication.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 42.9 cm (16.9")
Width = 33.8 cm (13.3")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")

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