THOMAS MOR AN 1837 – 1926 • Born in England • Worked in the Hudson River School of painting. • Started his career as an illustrator and engraver. • Most famous for his works depicting the American West. • Joined the Hayden Expedition of 1871 during their time in Yellowstone. • His paintings (and the prints we have today) helped to both make Yellowstone the first National Park, but also helped to form the idea of the “ West” in the7 minds of Americans as a magical place.
LOUIS PR ANG 1824 – 1909 • One of the two best printers of chromolithography in America. • Born in Europe, and learned painting from his father. • Emigrated to Boston in 1850, and founded his first printing business in 1856 to produce lithographs. • From the Civil War on, he was considered one of the finest chromolithographers, producing many important books, as well as his American Chromos series.8
YELLOWSTONE HAYDEN, F. V., THOMAS MORAN, AND WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON. 1876. THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, AND THE MOUNTAIN REGIONS OF PORTIONS OF IDAHO, NEVADA , COLORADO AND UTAH . BOSTON: L. PRANG AND CO. • In 1869, the Cook-Folsom-Peterson party were the first to publicize the remarkable natural features of the Yellowstone area. • Responding to the interest generated by the previous expedition, the US government authorized an expedition by Ferdinand V. Hayden to explore Yellowstone in a systematic, scientific way. • Moran was interested in Yellowstone, based on previous illustration work he completed for Scribner’s Monthly Magazine . • Based on this previous work, and the lobbying of Jay Cooke, Moran was included as the official illustrator in the9 expedition, and William Henry Jackson was the photographer.
YELLOWSTONE HAYDEN, F. V., THOMAS MORAN, AND WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON. 1876. THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, AND THE MOUNTAIN REGIONS OF PORTIONS OF IDAHO, NEVADA , COLORADO AND UTAH . BOSTON: L. PRANG AND CO. • Printed in an edition of 1,000, each set sold for $60.00 (approx. $1000.00 today). • These were the first color printed images of Yellowstone and its surrounding areas. • Prang commissioned Moran to create 15 watercolors from his field sketches in Yellowstone, from which Prang would create 15 chromolithographs.10
YELLOWSTONE NEWARK DAILY ADVERTISER, MARCH 9, 1877. The book is not a book. It is a portfolio, each of those exquisite chromos… It is a genuine triumph of American graphic art.. The two great pictures which adorn the Capitol at Washington are almost as beautiful, in this comparatively miniature form, as they are in the originals.11