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Mary Nimmo Moran, American, (1842–1899)
East Hampton, c. 1888
Ink on paper
7 3/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. (19.69 cm x 29.21 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Etching
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2012.2.14


Commentary
Moran downplayed her gender throughout her career, exhibiting her prints as “M. Nimmo Moran” in order to not upset male critics. This worked: Art critic John Ruskin collected many of her etchings, despite his opinion that a woman’s place was in the home. Moran became the only female member of the Fellows of London’s Royal Society of Painter–Etchers. That she was capable of developing such a bold style is made even more impressive by the fact that she devoted much of her time to assisting her husband, Thomas Moran, with his landscape–painting career. In fact, Moran learned etching from her husband to pass the time during his expeditions to find new views for his landscape career.

David Kuhio Ahia, PO ’18
Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern

Marks
Signed, lower left, in pencil. Lower right corner, on print itself, are the letters "MNM", etched on print. The number, 26, appears in the upper lefthand corner.

Medium
etching - ink on paper

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