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    EDWARD MORAN (American, 1829-1901)
    On the Lookout, 1897
    Oil on panel
    5 x 8-3/8 inches (12.7 x 21.3 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Edward Moran 97

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    Although best known as one of the finest marine painters of his day, British-born Edward Moran--father of a dynasty of American painters from Philadelphia--also produced occasional landscapes which have ships and the sea as a secondary motif. The present work, On the Lookout of 1897, is one of these. The small panel has strong affinities with a much larger exploration of a similar subject--an American Indian watching the arrival of a ship into an American harbor--which sold through Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 2009, lot 84. That painting's title, The First Ship Entering New York Harbor, September 11, 1609, could indeed be the same subject portrayed here, albeit with a single figure watching the approach of the vessel rather than two. An ardent admirer of the marine paintings of his countryman Turner, as well as Dutch antecedents, Moran combined descriptive accuracy with a focus on a silvery atmospheric light which he applied with characteristically loose accents that were greatly admired.





    Condition Report*: Paint film in fully stable condition. Under UV examination there is an old varnish covering the entire painting (has not been recently cleaned), and there are only a couple touches or strenthening on top of the varnish layer above and beneath of arm of the figure on the far left as well as tiny touches on the very tips of his feathers and bow. Under natural light one scratch is visible above and to the right of the Indian's head on the left. Framed Dimensions 11.75 X 15.25 Inches
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    May, 2014
    10th Saturday
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