Thomas Moran (1837-1926)

Grand Canyon, 1912
25 in x 34 in
Thomas Moran (1837-1926) One of Americas best-known artists, Thomas Moran came to the United States from England when he was seven. On his first trip west in 1871, Moran accompanied the Hayden Expedition to Yellowstone. The resulting sketches and paintings were instrumental in convincing the United States Congress that the area should be made a national park. Two years later Moran made his first visit to Grand Canyon, guided by John Wesley Powell. In 1892, on the first of many trips to the canyon subsidized by the Santa Fe Railway, Moran stayed at John Hance's hotel near Grandview Point. Accompanied by photographer William Henry Jackson, Moran was guided by Hance into the canyon. Moran subsequently provided artwork for both the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railway in exchange for transportation and accommodation at El Tovar Hotel. From 1899 to 1920 Moran and his daughter Ruth spent nearly every winter at Grand Canyon. Thomas Moran made his final visit to Grand Canyon in 1924, two years before his death.

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