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Edward Moran
Date: 1829–1901
Remarks: Known for his marine painting, Edward Moran was born on August 19, 1829 in Bolton, England. Engaged as a weaver since an early age, his interest in art blossomed by the age of 11 when the village decorator recognized and encouraged the boy's talent. In 1844 Moran emigrated with his family to Maryland where the young artist once again found employment as a weaver. Discouraged with his situation, Moran went to Philadelphia finding work as a cabinetmaker, housepainter, and in a bronze shop, ultimately resuming his previous profession. His last employer took notice of Moran's skill in art and helped launch the young man's career by introducing him to his first two teachers, Paul Webber and James Hamilton. In 1857, Moran opened his own studio in Philadelphia and participated in his first show at the National Academy of Design. About four years later, he embarked for London and study at the Royal Academy. Returning to Philadelphia in 1862, he became a celebrated figure of the Bohemian Council, an organization of artists, writer, and actors. Over the next nine or ten years, Moran's fame grew and he was able to organize a large show of his work with proceeds going to the victims of the Franco-Prussian War. Moran produced an illustrated catalog for the exhibit, providing the lithograph illustrations himself. He moved to New York City in 1872 and for the next two years resided on Staten Island. Then around 1878, Moran set out for an extended stay in Paris returning home in 1880. His residence in New York was interrupted periodically by his moves to Brooklyn. Despite his long career, Moran considered his series of paintings completed in 1899 and depicting 13 chapters in American history as his crowning contribution. He was a gifted musician, and a member of the American London Watercolor societies, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and he served as vice-president of the lotos Club. Moran died on June 9, 1901, in New York.