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Shipwreck

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

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1858

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
40 1/8 x 60 1/8 inches (101.9 x 152.7 cm) Framed: 53 x 73 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (134.6 x 186.7 x 14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 117, American Art, first floor

Accession Number:
1894-276

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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