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Yellowstone Print

"Lower Yellowstone Range"
As is evident in this 1876 chromolithograph, Philadelphia-born artist, Thomas Moran, had a special affinity for the American West. In 1871, Moran served as official artist with the Hayden Expedition to Yellowstone, where he created a series of watercolor drawings that recorded the region's remarkable landscape in all its astonishing color. This chromolithograph is one of 15 Moran works produced by Boston lithographer Louis Prang. Prang used up to 30 stones per print to achieve color effects that Moran himself called "sumptuous and faithful, beyond praise."

Gift of Louis Prang, 1883
Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
Web display only

Learn more!
· "The Yellowstone Park and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah Portfolio"
· History of American Prints
· "Go West, Moran" by Donald Dale Jackson, "Smithsonian" magazine, October 1997
· Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
· Moran virtual exhibit, National Gallery of Art

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