Mary Nimmo Moran

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Mary Nimmo Moran
Mary Nimmo moran.jpg
Mary Nimmo Moran by Napoleon Sarony
Born (1842-05-16)May 16, 1842
Strathaven, Scotland
Died September 25, 1899(1899-09-25)
East Hampton, New York
Resting place Goose Pond, East Hampton, New York
Education Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Spouse(s) Thoman Moran

Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899) was a prominent American 19th-century landscape artist specializing in etchings. She completed roughly 70 landscape etchings, which included scenes of England and Scotland, as well as Long Island, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania (all in the United States). She was elected to the Society of Painter- Etchers and became the only female member of the Fellows of London's Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. She was the wife of American artist and illustrator Thomas Moran.

Across The Water
Across The Water. ca. 1880-1890. Mary Nimmo Moran. etching on paper. 5 7/8 x 8 in. (14.9 x 20.2 cm)

Born in Scotland, Mary Nimmo and her brother emigrated to the United States in 1847 with their widowed father, Archibald, a weaver. The family settled in Crescentville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, near a family of English immigrants named Moran. At age 18, she began to study drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, studying with her neighbor Thomas Moran, who was then gaining a local reputation as an artist. Two years later, the couple married and moved to Philadelphia where they had two daughters and a son. In 1879, her husband introduced Nimmo Moran to the technique of etching, directly engraving onto a copper plate. She made most of her etchings on location near her various homes, as responsibilities to her growing family allowed her to travel only occasionally. [1]

To avoid unsettling potential purchasers by openly declaring her gender, Nimmo Moran chose to exhibit her prints as 'M. Nimmo Moran'. She was elected to the Society of Painter-Etchers of New York and became the only woman among the 65 original Fellows of London's Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. Her prints were recognized for their boldness and originality, and were collected by the English critic John Ruskin and others. [2]

The Moran family relocated to Newark, New Jersey in 1872. In 1884 they moved to East Hampton, Long Island, which became the subject of many of Nimmo Moran's most successful etchings. The Moran home in East Hampton became the center of a productive artists' colony and is today a National Historic Landmark. [3]

Early life[edit]

Nimmo Moran was born in Strathaven, Scotland in 1842 to Mary and Alfred Nimmo, a family of weavers. Following the death of her mother in 1847, when Nimmo Moran was five, her father moved the young girl and her brother to America, settling down in Crescentville, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, in 1858. Here, they were neighbors to the English immigrant family the Morans, whose son Thomas she would later marry. The Morans were a family of prominent artists, and Mary was able to bond with them over their shared interest in the arts.

Nimmo Moran was described as simultaneously charming, personable, and bright and modest and humble. Notably, she was well-versed in many different fields of artistry.[4]

Death[edit]

Moran died of typhoid fever in 1899, after nursing her daughter Ruth through the disease, and was buried beside Goose Pond, a subject of many of her etchings, near her home in East Hampton.[5][6]

Auction record[edit]

On 9 June 2011, Swann Galleries auctioned Mary Nimmo Moran's Long Island Landscape, an 1880 oil on panel, which was her first painting to appear at auction. It sold for $64,800. [7]

Artworks[edit]

Name Date Medium Size
Across the Water[8] ca. 1880-1890 etching on paper 5 7/8 x 8 in. (14.9 x 20.2 cm)
The Bay[9] ca. 1880-1890 etching on paper 8 x 11 5/8 in. (20.3 x 29.5 cm)
Bridge over the Buskill, Easton, Pa.[10] 1879 etching on paper 7 x 4 in. (17.7 x 10.3 cm)
Cattails and Trees[11] ca. 1880-1890 etching on paper 4 x 7 in. (10.3 x 17.8 cm)
Cattle in a Pond[12] 1881 etching on paper 5 3/4 x 9 in. (14.8 x 22.7 cm)
The Coast of Florida[13] 1887 etching on paper 3 1/4 x 6 in. (8.3 x 15.1 cm)
Gardiner's Bay, L.I., Seen from Fresh Pond[14] 1884 etching on parchment 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (19.8 x 29.2 cm)
Home of the Muskrat[15] 1884 etching on paper 4 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (11.7 x 28.9 cm)
House by a Stream[16] 1881 etching on paper 12 x 6 in. (30.5 x 15.2 cm)
Long Island Landscape.[7] 1880 oil on panel 19 3/4 x 30 in. (50 x76 cm)
Looking Seaward[17] 1885 etching on paper 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (29.3 x 44.4 cm)
Meadowland[18] 1884 etching on paper 5 x 11 1/2 in. (12.7 x 29.2 cm)
My Neighbor's Home--Easthampton[19] 1883 etching on paper 8 x 11 7/8 in. (20.3 x 30.3 cm)
The Old Homestead[20] 1880 etching and chine colle on paper 7 3/4 x 12 in. (19.7 x 30.4 cm)
Old Lindens--Near Easthampton[21] 1885 etching on paper 8 x 11 7/8 in. (20.2 x 30.2 cm)
Salt Water Ponds[22] 1884 etching on paper 9 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (24.8 x 28.7 cm)
The Garden Path, Easthampton.[23] 1894 oil on artist's board 14 x10 in. (35.7 x 25.5 cm)
The "Home Sweet Home" of John Howard Payne, Easthampton.[24] 1885 etching 16 x 13 1/8 in. (40.5 x 33.2 cm)
The Sea through the Woods[25] ca. 1880-1890 etching on paper 8 x 5 3/4 in. (20.3 x 14.8 cm)
Three Maidens at the River[26] ca.1880-1890 etching on paper 6 13/16 x 5 3/16 in. (17.3 x 14.7 cm.)
Twilight[27] ca. 1880-1890 etching, roulette, sandpaper, and scotchstone on paper 3 x 5 1/2 in. (7.8 x 13.8 cm)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary Nimmo Moran | Smithsonian American Art Museum". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Mary Nimmo Moran | Smithsonian American Art Museum". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Joint Effort To Preserve Thomas Moran House Moves Forward | |". www.hamptons.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ Schmid, Elizabeth Carroll; Kinsey, Joni; University of Iowa; School of Art and Art History (2014-01-01). Mary Nimmo Moran, Mary Cassatt and the painter-etcher movement: gender, identity and paths to professionalism. p. 37. 
  5. ^ "Mary Nimmo Moran | National Museum of Women in the Arts". nmwa.org. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  6. ^ Francis, Marilyn G. (1983-01-01). "Mary Nimmo Moran: Painter-Etcher". Woman's Art Journal. 4 (2): 14–19. doi:10.2307/1357940. 
  7. ^ a b "Full Details for Lot 82". catalogue.swanngalleries.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Across the Water by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  9. ^ "The Bay by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Bridge over the Buskill, Easton, Pa. by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  11. ^ "Cattails and Trees by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  12. ^ "Cattle in a Pond by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  13. ^ "The Coast of Florida by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  14. ^ "Gardiner's Bay, L.I., Seen from Fresh Pond by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  15. ^ "Home of the Muskrat by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  16. ^ "House by a Stream by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  17. ^ "Looking Seaward by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  18. ^ "Meadowland by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  19. ^ "My Neighbor's Home--Easthampton by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  20. ^ "The Old Homestead by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  21. ^ "Old Lindens--Near Easthampton by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  22. ^ "Salt Water Ponds by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  23. ^ "Full Details for Lot 14". catalogue.swanngalleries.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  24. ^ "Full Details for Lot 527". catalogue.swanngalleries.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  25. ^ "The Sea through the Woods by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  26. ^ "(Three Maidens at the River) by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  27. ^ "Twilight by Mary Nimmo Moran / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  • Wilkins, Thurman, Caroline L. Hinkley, William H. Goetzmann, Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains, University of Oklahoma Press, 1998; ISBN 978-0-8061-3040-8.

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