Thomas Moran is of course one of the major names of 19th century art, his fame established in his lifetime and continuing to the present day as oil paintings bring into the millions at major auctions. During the 1870's, an art publication known as The Aldine published faithful chromolithograph reproductions of some of his work, as reward for subscribers. This is one of those reproductions, which were hailed by the artist himself at the time for their accuracy. The print measures 10 3/4" by 15 1/4", and the possibly original goldish frame is an inch wide. On the reverse are old original labels, one, "Aldine Chromo for 1874./The White Mountains/After Thomas Moran" describing this scene in New Hampshire's White Mountains and proclaiming it a faithful reproduction of one of Moran's most famous works; the other label from James Sutton & Co. of New York City shows this to have been one of a pair of Aldine Chromos sent to the Fillmore County Bulletin newspaper in Fairmont, Nebraska (about half way between Grand Island and Lincoln). Perhaps the publication was an Aldine subscriber. In any event these prints are offered today by fine print galleries at very high prices, the level often dependent on condition. Like many examples of these nineteenth century prints, this one has traveled without glass and has suffered some damage. There is most notably a dig area as from a nail or framing screw, at upper right center (see photo closeup) and three other abraded areas, each rather small. Ask for more photos of these. See the net for much more information on artist Thomas Moran and his legacy in American art. .
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