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Landscape Etching

"The Barrens, East Hampton"
As this etching attests, Mary Nimmo Moran--wife of the celebrated landscape painter and etcher Thomas Moran--enjoyed considerable success in her own right. Although she also produced paintings and illustrations, she is best known for her etchings. She participated in the groundbreaking women etchers' shows of the 1880s, and her prints continued to be shown in the 1890s and well after her death. Moran and her husband specialized in landscape subjects and were influenced by English artist J.M.W. Turner and English critic John Ruskin. Moran's inspiration came mostly from the environs of their Long Island summer home.

Gift of the artist, 1888
Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899)
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Learn more!
· History of American Prints
· Printmaking
· "Go West, Moran" by Donald Dale Jackson, "Smithsonian" magazine, October 1997
· Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

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