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Moran became famous for applying the dramatic style of the British painter Turner (1775-1851) to the spectacular scenery of the American West, particularly the Grand Canyon and the Yellowstone and Green river regions of Wyoming. In 1892 he made this watercolor sketch of the smelters on the outskirts of Denver. Quickly executed, the drawing reveals a masterly observation. Moran seems to have viewed these factories with enthusiasm, for in his letters he wrote positively about the growth of Denver as a city.
Inscription: signed, lower left, in graphite: [artist's monogram: TM] Moran; signed, lower right, in graphite: smelting works at Denver / T. Moran: June 12th 1892
Medium: watercolor and gouache
Dimensions: Sheet: 24 x 31.8 cm (9 7/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection
Accesion Number: 1938.56
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