The East Hampton Historical Society presents "The Sounding Sea" at the Moran Studio

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The East Hampton Historical Society presents "The Sounding Sea" at the Moran Studio
Edward Moran, Moonlite Waves: Long Island’s North Fork, o/c 1881, private collection.



EAST HAMPTON, NY.- The East Hampton Historical Society is presenting their newest exhibition: The Sounding Sea; The Art of Edward, Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran, currently on display at the Moran Studio, East Hampton Village. The Sounding Sea follows the careers of three members of one of America’s most illustrious family of artists – and crown jewels in the East End’s artistic lineage and legacy – Edward Moran (1829-1902), his brother Thomas Moran (1837-1926) and Thomas’ wife, Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899). This exhibition follows the muse of the ocean, a powerful subject that has lured artistic imagination; all works on exhibit revolve around water.

When asked what inspired the current exhibit, East Hampton Historical Society’s Chief Curator, Richard Barons, said, “The story behind the careers of Edward, Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran is fascinating. Edward was a painter of marine subjects. He hired his kid brother, Thomas, as his studio assistant and became his teacher. Thomas married Mary Nimmo, and taught her to be his assistant. They all loved seascapes and reflective ponds. We have brought together, for the first time, over 40 of their oils, etchings, watercolors and drawing to celebrate this part of their artistic legacy.”

The Morans often took their inspiration from local East End seascapes. Imagine seeing Georgica Pond through the eyes of Mary Nimmo Moran (1885), the romance of the Peconic Bay as seen by Thomas Moran (1904), or moonlight on waves in the North Fork from the perspective of Edward Moran (1881). The works on display will transport the viewer into the turn of the 20th Century – travel back in time to familiar East End seascapes, ever-changing yet as constant as the tide.

The sea can be operatic in its fury or becalmed in silence. In its most brutal guise, the ocean can crush a vessel and send it sinking into the depths. The sea can also be placid and alluring, even poetic. It is the sea’s split personality that lures artists to portray it in all its many guises. Welcome to The Sounding Sea, on display through September 12, 2021, at The Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, Main Street, East Hampton.

In 1884, the great American landscape painter Thomas Moran and his wife, Mary Nimmo Moran, a celebrated printmaker, and their children moved into their new studio and cottage that Moran himself designed on East Hampton’s historic Main Street. The Studio, as it has been known since the Moran family first occupied it, comprises the Moran’s studio and the rooms they lived in, as well as the gardens and outbuildings.

The Moran Studio was the first artist’s studio built in East Hampton and it played a significant role in American art history. In its heyday The Studio was a lively center of East Hampton’s art colony.

Through a meticulous five-year restoration project, the Moran Studio was salvaged from dilapidation, and proudly opened its doors to the public in July, 2018.

Overlooking the Village Green and Town Pond, the property offers one of the most distinguished vistas on Long Island’s East End and serves as the gateway to East Hampton’s Main Street Historic District. In 1965, the Thomas Moran Studio became one of the first National Historic Landmarks in America — the highest recognition accorded by the Department of the Interior to the nation’s most historically significant properties. In 2019 the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio was accepted into The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation – a distinguished honor!










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