SOLD Lifting the Fish Pound, Orient Bay, Long Island, New York, 1876

by Edward Moran (1829–1901)
Oil on canvas
18⅛ x 29⅞ inches
Signed lower left: Edward Moran; on verso: Edward Moran, 1876; on stretcher bar: Orient Bay Lifting the Fish Pound



Private collection

Howard Sturgis, London, by descent from above

Pamela Johnson, Yarmouth, Maine, gift from above, ca. 1995

Sale, Barridoff Auctions, South Portland, Maine, August 6, 2004, lot 109, from above

Private collection, Colorado, acquired from above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, January 18, 2023, lot 316, from above

Related Works

Fishing Boats Beating up to Windward, ca. 1858, oil on canvas, 29¾ x 45 inches; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Fishing Village, New York Harbor, ca. 1875, oil on canvas; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

Note: In this painting, Edward Moran depicts the pound fisheries off the Long Island coast. The technique, which involves a complex series of nets attached to wooden poles, had become a prosperous business by the time of this painting.

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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