SOLD Early Dawn, New York Harbor, 1871

by Edward Moran (1829–1901)
Oil on canvas
18⅛ x 15⅞ inches
Signed and dated lower left: Ed Moran 1871; on verso: Early Dawn New York Harbor / Ed. Moran 1871


MME Fine Art, LLC, New York

Private collection, New York, acquired from above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, September 28, 2010, lot 139, from above

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above, 2010

Related Works

Sunset, New York Bay, 1872, oil on canvas, 18⅛ x 36 inches, signed and dated lower left; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

New York Harbor, ca. 1880, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, signed lower left; New-York Historical Society, New York

Note: Edward Moran moved from Philadelphia to New York in 1871, where he painted a series of harbor scenes. Early Dawn, New York Harbor exemplifies the artist’s interest in light as he captures the vivid yellow glow of the early morning sky.


Artist Biography

A talented marine painter famous for his naturalist depictions of American and Canadian coastlines.

By Chelsea DeLay

Live near the sea, always be on the watch, and use every means of study.
—Edward Moran

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Suggested Resources
VII. Notes

I. Biography

Born in Bolton, England on August 19, 1829, Edward Moran was the eldest son of the artistic Moran brood. In 1844, his parents chose to immigrate to the United States, where the entire family settled in Philadelphia. When he was fifteen years old, Moran was hired by a weaving company to man one of the

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