Chicago: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System, 1913. Chromolithograph [61 cm x 81 cm] in original wood frame [82 cm x 105 cm] with brass plaque beneath the image on the frame. Plaque reads: 'Grand Canyon of Arizona on the Santa Fe, From Painting by Thomas Moran, N.A." Very good. A few small nicks at the extremities with minor wear to the contemporary frame. Overall bright.This has not been examined out of the frame. Item #2983
Dramatic work showing the Grand Canyon in brilliant color from the South Rim. The original painting was acquired by the Santa Fe Railway, and they hired American Lithographic Company to produce this beautiful view. Gustave Beck of ALC printed this in an edition of 2,500. These were sold and given away, with many destroyed or lost to sloppy handling, poor framing and general misuse. Some were framed to hang in Santa Fe Railway offices, and we believe that this was one of these.
Wallace Stegner wrote of Moran: "He was an artist, a good one; and though the galleries may neglect him and historians of art pass him with a polite or condescending paragraph, and though his mountains may be a little overgrand, his canyons overawesome, his skies unnecessarily dramatic, his art is recognizably of this earth and the West."