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Fingal’s Cave, Island of Staffa, Scotland

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Fingal’s Cave, Island of Staffa, Scotland

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Thomas Moran
American, born England, 1837–1926

Date

1884–1885

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

36.20

Dimensions

24 3/4 x 30 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 307

Description

The air of brooding and mystery that surrounds Fingal’s Cave, located on a remote island off the western coast of Scotland, inspired works by several nineteenth-century artists. Thomas Moran, who was better known for his monumental portrayals of the American West, sketched this depiction of the legendary cove while on a cruise to the Hebrides Islands and finished it three years later in his studio on Long Island.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Friends of Art