Mary Nimmo Moran

Mary Nimmo Moran


Artist Details

Birth Place
Strathaven, Scotland
Death Place
Long Island, New York
Phonetic Spelling
MAIR-ee NEEM-oh mohr-AN
Drawings and prints; Painting
Places of Residence
Philadelphia; Crescentville, Pennsylvania
Private lessons, ca. 1860
Retrospective Exhibitions

Prints of Nature: Poetic Etchings of Mary Nimmo Moran, Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1984

NMWA Exhibitions

The Etching Revival and the Professional Woman Artist, 2005
The Washington Print Club Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition: Graphic Legacy, 1994–95

About the Artist

After immigrating to the U.S. from her native Scotland, Mary Nimmo Moran produced a large number of prints that were celebrated for their boldness and originality. 

Moran came into her own as an artist in 1879, when her artist husband, Thomas Moran, introduced her to the technique of etching. Working in this medium she achieved immediate success: she was elected to membership in the Society of Painters and Etchers of New York; she became the only woman among the 65 original fellows of London’s Royal Society of Painters and Etchers; her prints won several awards and were collected by such prominent individuals as the English critic John Ruskin.

Rather than being overshadowed by her spouse, on many occasions when both husband and wife exhibited etchings in the same show, it was Mary’s work that was singled out for praise.

In 1884, the Morans built a new home on Long Island, the surrounding area of which became the subject of many of her most successful etchings. She died in 1899 of typhoid fever, after nursing their daughter Ruth through a bout of the same disease.

National Museum of Women in the Arts