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1027

Thomas Moran

Grand Canyon

Property from a Private Collection, Japan

Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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Property from a Private Collection, Japan

Thomas Moran

1837-1926

Grand Canyon


signed TMoran with the artist's thumbprint and dated 1919 (lower right)

oil on canvas

14 by 20 in.

35.6 by 50.8 cm.

Executed in 1919.


This painting will be included in Stephen L. Good, Phyllis Braff and Melissa Webster Speidel's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's:


This work on canvas should be hung in its current state. It has never been removed from its original stretcher. The paint layer is clean, retouched, and varnished. There are a few tiny dots of retouching in the misty areas immediately above the pale green color of the hillside. These are the only retouches visible in the landscape. There are a few tiny spots of retouching in the lighter colors of the clouds in the sky, mostly in the center. The work is in excellent condition and should be hung as is.


Framed Dimensions: 19 1/2 by 25 1/4 in. (49.5 by 64.1 cm.)


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Private Collection (acquired before 1985)

Private Collection, Japan (acquired by descent from the above)

Acquired by the present owner from the above

Thomas Moran first visited the Grand Canyon in 1873 and discovered a landscape ideally suited to his romantic vision of the American West. He returned there repeatedly throughout his career and painted the canyon’s fascinating vistas until the end of his life. His daughter Ruth wrote: “To him it was all grandeur, beauty, color and light–nothing of man at all but nature, virgin, unspoiled and lovely” (as quoted in Carol Clark, Thomas Moran: Watercolors of the American West, Fort Worth, Texas, 1989, p. 21). Painted in 1919, the present work is a mature example of Moran’s celebrated subject.