A rare opportunity to own something once handled by one of America's most famous artists, THOMAS MORAN (1837-1926). Some years ago, one of his oils brought over $17 million at auction. His paintings of the American West and Long Island are highly sought after and he is considered an iconic American artist. Much more affordable yet relatively scarce are his handful of etching images, and chromolithographs after his work. This is the print "A Tower of Cortes" (sometimes spelled "Cortez") of the year 1883. In that year Moran made his first trip to Mexico and he created a watercolor of this scene; the etching is after his own work. The artist signed it in pencil at lower right margin. Measurements are 12 3/4" by 10 3/8" inside the existing mat and 22 1/4" by 18 1/2" as framed (mid 20th century frame, and all photos taken through detail-dulling non-glare glass). Would be happy to open the backing upon request. Print appears to be in excellent condition with exception of a less-than-pencil-eraser sized foxing spot at lower left, and some general light rippling of the paper when viewed in raking light. Moran was born in Lancashire, in England, in the first year of the reign of Queen Victoria. He came to the United States in 1844, to Philadelphia. Later as an adult he was in New York City and Long Island. His paintings of the latter are very sought after. In the later years of the century he traveled extensively in the American West. Moran created paintings of such places as Yellowstone and Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, which when exhibited in the east thrilled an American public that had had to that point little exposure to the spectacular physical beauty of the western states. Venice also became favorite subject matter, which he interpreted in his own unique style.
THOMAS MORAN (1837-1926) pencil signed 1883 etching "A Tower of Cortes" by the famous American artist