Thomas Moran

Artist's Biography

Grand Canyon of Arizona. From Hermit Rim Road.

Chromolithograph, 1912-13.
Image size 26 1/2 x 35"
Very good condition and color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 1860
Price: SOLD
Publisher : Published by the Atchinson Topeka & Santa Fe Railway System.
This beautiful panoramic view is the largest of Thomas Moran's printed works. It was published by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad in 1912. It shows the scenery of the Grand Canyon from the Hermit Rim, with the bright colors of the Canyon shown dramatically against the turbulent sky. Thomas Moran, famous for his superb landscapes of the West, first painted the Grand Canyon in 1873 when he painted his "Chasm of the Colorado." In 1892 he visited the Canyon as a guest of the Santa Fe Railroad. The Santa Fe completed a spur line to the rim in 1901. In 1912-13 the railroad commissioned and published this large image, which were printed in New York by the American Lithographic Company. They chose the expensive and time consuming medium of chromolithography to reproduce the original rather then the new and far cheaper medium of photo-offset. The majority of the impressions of this print were soon distributed by the Santa Fe Railroad for promotional use. The vast majority were cut to the image and mounted on a board with an inexpensive frame surround, usually without glazing. The majority of these prints were badly damaged or destroyed. A small number of extremely fine, uncut examples remained in the archives of the railroad. This is one of those fine examples.Framed to paper size in a 2" bird's eye maple molding. Backed with acid free board and glazed with ultra-violet protective plexiglas. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , Arizona