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Sunrise - The Pond, East Hampton, L.I. / Thomas Moran


Thomas Moran chose a panoramic view to depict this glorious dawn over East Hampton, Long Island. This stunning vista includes broad flatlands and a calm waterway that stretch out to the horizon, where the rising sun breaks through the clouds. The road is worn and rutted, but as we take in the breathtaking scene before us, the prospect of our journey into the new day is a welcoming one.1

The bridge in this etched work was also portrayed by Moran’s wife, the artist Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899), in her 1883 etching “Tween the Gloaming and the Mirk” (14.92f).2 She presented the bridge from a low vantage point and made it the focus of her composition, every rickety slat of the structure recorded with care. The path that draws us into Nimmo Moran’s scene continues over the dilapidated bridge and then wends its way gently upward toward the buildings silhouetted on the horizon. It is sunset, and although we may be weary, our heart quickens as we anticipate arriving home just as the sun dips below the horizon.

The couple established a home and studio on East Hampton in 1884, but they visited the area on sketching trips as early as 1878. Once they finished their home, they spent most of the year on Long Island, moving back to a studio in New York City for several months every winter.3 East Hampton provided settings that inspired both artists, and they often depicted the same locales, each from their own unique perspective.

—Sandra Pauly, Henry Luce Foundation Curatorial Scholar for Moran Collection Research, 2021

1 See also Moran’s sketch Hook Pond, E.H. (13.813), and his 1886 etching Morning (14.449c).
2 Vittoria, “Nature and Nostalgia in the Art of Mary Nimmo Moran,” 234–35, 304–5.
3 Vittoria, “Nature and Nostalgia in the Art of Mary Nimmo Moran,” 181, 205.

Curatorial Remarks

Etching with sandpaper ground, drypoint and selective wiping. Sandra Pauly, Henry Luce Foundation Curatorial Scholar for Moran Collection Research 3.10.22

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Sunrise - The Pond, East Hampton, L.I.; Sunrise - The Pond, Easthampton, L.I.
Thomas Moran (Artist)
Hudson River School
printing ink on paper
Landscape; single-sided Primary support:0.072- 0.079 mm; Front mount: 0.638- 0.645; Back mount: 0.446- 0.448 mm The primary support is light cream, wove, extremely thin, with a smooth surface. The wire mold pattern is visible in transmitted light. The window and back mount appear to be original with the object and are off white, and of soft cotton texture. The window mount is substantially thicker than the back mount.
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14.433a; 1426.433; 26986
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