Edward Moran 
Shipping Off Governor's Island American (1829-1901)

Oil on Canvas Circa 1870
16 x 22 inches 27 x 33 Inches Framed
Signed LL: Edward Moran  
   

Edward Moran 
 
American (1829-1901)
 
Shipping Off Governor's Island
(New York Harbor)

Oil on Canvas Circa 1870
16 x 22 inches 27 x 33 Inches Framed
Signed LL: Edward Moran  
   

Captured by Moran, a brig under her full flight of sail is ready to brave the open sea away from Manhattan and Governors Islands in the excellent composition of this painting by New York master Edward Moran. A coastal schooner catches a tug boat tow, while several sailing yachts and a large steam liner reside along the horizon, accented by the rosy hue of the sunlight on the red sandstone of Castle Williams on the island headland.

Moran spent many of his professional days along New York’s harbor, and he painted scenes which venture beyond the work of the period’s traditional marine artists and ship portraitists. Even at this distance he presents an accurate depiction of the 40 foot-high walls of the round fort that rests across from Castle Garden and Battery Park. Interesting that Governors Island was one of the first New York locations to be settled and the castle, built in 1811, never fired a shot in warfare. The island was sold to the state of New York in 2003 by George W. Bush.

It bodes well for the sailors that the cloud bank behind them is full and billowy, showing that a the wind is most likely rising. A significant bonus is the artistic taste of Moran when it came to choosing frames for his paintings. The original ornate gilt that he selected is still with this fine work showing the diversity and activity of historic New York.


Private Ontario, Canada Collection.