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Drawing, Study of Ruxton, Colorado

This is a drawing. It was created by Thomas Moran. It is dated June 7, 1901 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is brush and gray wash, graphite on cream-colored wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

While the primary focus of the museum was pre-19th-century European decorative arts, an exception was made for sketches from American artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Robert Blum, and Frederic Edwin Church. The Women’s Art School requested that the museum acquire figural drawings. “As quickly as they can be acquired,” Eleanor wrote, “leaves from the note and sketch books of artists of the last half of the 19th century, and the present day, are being placed [on the walls of the corridors and staircases].”

This object was donated by Thomas Moran. It is credited Gift of Thomas Moran.

Its dimensions are

35.4 x 25.4 cm (13 15/16 x 10in.)

It has the following markings

Recto: Stamped in ink, lower left: Museum for the Arts of Decoration Cooper Union [Lugt 457d]

It is signed

Signed and dated in graphite, lower left: June 7th 1901 T.M. [see inscriptions]

It is inscribed

Recto: Inscribed in graphite, lower left: Ruxton, Col. / The "Fontaine" [these two words have been struck out] at "Manitou" / from the Cog R.R. June 7th 1901 T.M. Verso: Inscribed in black ink, upper left: No. 287.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Study of Ruxton, Colorado; Thomas Moran (American, b. Britain, 1837–1926); USA; brush and gray wash, graphite on cream-colored wove paper; 35.4 x 25.4 cm (13 15/16 x 10in.); Gift of Thomas Moran; 1917-17-82

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Sarah & Eleanor Hewitt: Designing a Modern Museum.

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