MARY NIMMO MORAN (American / 1842-1899)

Mary Nimmo Moran was born in Strath-Avon, Scotland, but emigrated to the USA in 1847. The Nimmo family settled in Crescentville, Pennsylvania. There Mary met the artist Thomas Moran, five years her senior, who was the son of the Nimmo family's neighbours. Mary took art lessons with Thomas from the age of 18, and married him two years later. Homemaking and taking care of their three children stopped Mary continuing with her painting, but in 1879 Thomas, the leading light of the American etching revival, taught her how to etch. Mary proved an apt pupil, and became celebrated as "the most prominent of the (American) women etchers in the late nineteenth century". Mary Nimmo Moran was elected to the Society of Painter-Etchers of New York, and was the only woman among the 65 original Fellows of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in London. John Ruskin was among those who collected and praised her prints, which were regarded by critics as on a par with those of her husband. Nevertheless Mary worked as M. Nimmo Moran, to avoid unsettling the buying public by declaring her gender too openly. From 1884 till her death from typhoid fever in 1899, Mary and Thomas Moran lived on Long Island, which furnished the motifs for many of Mary Nimmo Moran's etchings.

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Selected prints by MARY NIMMO MORAN

'Tween the Gloamin'
and the Mirk, When
the Kye Come Hame, 1883
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