Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899) [NM] : Three cows in a marsh, 1881.


SAL record control number: 99421 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Three cows in a marsh  [from database collection] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Three cows in a marsh  [from database collection] ;

Work date: 1881  [from front of work] ;

Work creator: Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899) [NM] ;

Work medium: Etching ; ink on paper ;
Work dimensions: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches [unframed] | 11-3/8 x 14-1/4 x 5/8 inches [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: Signed in plate at lower right and in pencil for date.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘M NIMMO MORAN’ and ‘1881’.

Marking type: Pencil writing.
Location: Vertically at center middle paper backing verso.

Marking type: Ink stamp.
Location: Vertically at left middle and right middle paper backing verso.

Marking type: Handwritten accession number in felt tip black.
Location: At bottom middle of paper backing verso.
Text: ‘07.202’.

Marking type: Paper label with string.
Location: Attached to screw eye wiring on upper verso.
Text: ‘07.202’ and ‘NIMMO MORAN / LANDSCAPE’.

SAL category: Works on paper ;
SAL sub-category: Landscape ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Animal — Cow
Art―Private collections―New York (State)
Art―Private collections―New York (State)―Salmagundi
Landscape — Marsh

Description of work:

Mary Nimmo Moran was an Scottish-American landscape printmaker and etcher. She produced over seventy landscape etchings including scenes of England, Scotland, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Florida and Pennsylvania.

She began her studies in 1863 under Thomas Moran. Two years later they married and moved to Philadelphia. In 1879, Mary was introduced by her husband Thomas to the art of etching. Mary Nimmo Moran belong to the Society of Painter-Etchers of New York and was the only woman to be chosen to become a member of London’s Royal Society of Painter-Etchers.

She showed in one of Salmagundi’s earliest and longest running shows, the Black and White exhibition. The club, while including female and international artists initially, may have become a men’s club to support the female artist who gave them a space to meet in the earliest days. This artist was creating a woman’s arts organization and the Salmagundi members may have not wanted to take away from her membership. Salmagundi remained a men’s club until 1973 when they welcomed their first female member who was also of Asian descent.


ca.1900s SCNY, gift of [unknown], accession #2007.202 ;
1881 Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899) [NM], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.
2007 SCNY Salmagundi Club Library Artists of the black & white exhibition of the Salmagundi Sketch Club (1878-1887)  April 1 – May 19.
1982 SCNY Curators exhibition April 13 – December 7.

References / citations:
2021 Collection database, accession #2007.202.
1989 Collection list, accession #G-362.



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