Mary Nimmo Moran
May 16, 1842
|Died||September 25, 1899 (aged 57)|
East Hampton, New York
|Resting place||Goose Pond, East Hampton, New York|
Thomas Moran (m. 1862)
Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899) was an 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. In 1881, she was one of eight Americans and the first female fellow elected to London's Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. She was the wife of American artist and illustrator Thomas Moran.
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, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1863 she began 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 by 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.
To avoid unsettling potential purchasers by openly declaring her gender, Moran chose to exhibit her prints as 'MNMoran'. 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 among others.
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.
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.
|Across the Water||ca. 1880-1890||etching on paper||5 7/8 x 8 in. (14.9 x 20.2 cm)|
|The Bay||ca. 1880-1890||etching on paper||8 x 11 5/8 in. (20.3 x 29.5 cm)|
|Bridge over the Buskill, Easton, Pa.||1879||etching on paper||7 x 4 in. (17.7 x 10.3 cm)|
|Cattails and Trees||ca. 1880-1890||etching on paper||4 x 7 in. (10.3 x 17.8 cm)|
|Cattle in a Pond||1881||etching on paper||5 3/4 x 9 in. (14.8 x 22.7 cm)|
|The Coast of Florida||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||1884||etching on parchment||7 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (19.8 x 29.2 cm)|
|Home of the Muskrat||1884||etching on paper||4 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (11.7 x 28.9 cm)|
|House by a Stream||1881||etching on paper||12 x 6 in. (30.5 x 15.2 cm)|
|Long Island Landscape||1880||oil on panel||19 3/4 x 30 in. (50 x76 cm)|
|Looking Seaward||1885||etching on paper||11 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (29.3 x 44.4 cm)|
|Meadowland||1884||etching on paper||5 x 11 1/2 in. (12.7 x 29.2 cm)|
|My Neighbor's Home--Easthampton||1883||etching on paper||8 x 11 7/8 in. (20.3 x 30.3 cm)|
|The Old Homestead||1880||etching and chine colle on paper||7 3/4 x 12 in. (19.7 x 30.4 cm)|
|Old Lindens--Near Easthampton||1885||etching on paper||8 x 11 7/8 in. (20.2 x 30.2 cm)|
|Salt Water Ponds||1884||etching on paper||9 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (24.8 x 28.7 cm)|
|The Garden Path, Easthampton||1894||oil on artist's board||14 x10 in. (35.7 x 25.5 cm)|
|The "Home Sweet Home" of John Howard Payne, Easthampton||1885||etching||16 x 13 1/8 in. (40.5 x 33.2 cm)|
|The Sea through the Woods||ca. 1880-1890||etching on paper||8 x 5 3/4 in. (20.3 x 14.8 cm)|
|Three Maidens at the River||ca.1880-1890||etching on paper||6 13/16 x 5 3/16 in. (17.3 x 14.7 cm.)|
|Twilight||ca. 1880-1890||etching, roulette, sandpaper, and scotchstone on paper||3 x 5 1/2 in. (7.8 x 13.8 cm)|