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Thomas Moran

Sunset Santa Maria and the Ducal Palace, Venice

Property of The Newark Museum of Art, Sold to Support Museum Collections

Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran

Sunset Santa Maria and the Ducal Palace, Venice

Sunset Santa Maria and the Ducal Palace, Venice

Property of The Newark Museum of Art, Sold to Support Museum Collections

Thomas Moran

1837 - 1926

Sunset Santa Maria and the Ducal Palace, Venice


signed TMoran and dated 1902 (lower left); also signed and dated again and titled (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

20 ¼ by 30 inches

(51.4 by 76.2 cm)


This work will be included in Phyllis Braff, Stephen L. Good and Melissa Webster Speidel's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work. We wish to thank them for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.

This work has never been removed from its original stretcher. The paint layer is stable. There are no areas of unevenness or cracking. The painting is clean and lightly varnished. Under UV: There are a few pindots of inpainting in the upper right extreme corner, as well as two scattered pindots of inpaint in the sail on the boat to the right.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Dr. J. Ackerman Coles, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Bequest to the present owner from the above, 1926
American Art in the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, 1981, pp. 132, 354, illustrated
Newark, New Jersey, Newark Public Library, First Coles Exhibition, March 1920, no. 15 
Los Angeles, California, Department of Municipal Art, September 1959
Riverside, California, University of California Art Gallery, Thomas Moran:1837-1926, April-June 1963, no. 18, pp. 25, 35, illustrated
Venice, Italy, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia: de Stato a mito, August-November 1997
Thomas Moran visited Venice for the first time in May 1886 and was immediately captivated by the grandeur of this distinctively beautiful place, previously only known to him through work of the Romantic writers and painters such as Lord Byron and J.M.W. Turner. Indeed the present work, which Moran painted upon his return to the United States, clearly demonstrates the influence of the British master in its careful attention to the fleeting effects of light and shadow on the water and magnificent architecture of the “Floating City.”