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Thomas Moran Artist of the Mountains


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By Thurman Wilkins

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Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Oklahoma, 1966, 1st US Edition, D/w (small nicks, spine a little faded), V.G.    Thomas Moran (1837-1926) was an American painter and printmaker whose work often featured the Rocky Mountains. During the 1860s he was appointed chief illustrator for Scribner’s Monthly magazine, which helped him launch his career as one the foremost landscape painters of the American West.  This first full-length biography of Moran recounts how he was a member of the Hayden Survey of Yellowstone in 1871, where his sketches helped influence Congress to establish the first National Park at Yellowstone.  Indeed, he is sometimes known as the “father of the national parks”.  He is also famous for his paintings of the Grand Canyon, the Tetons and the Sierra.  Includes a useful bibliography.

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