Studied History at Oxford and Fine Art at Leeds. Awarded Churchill Fellowship to travel and study in USA. Former College Vice-Principal who now lectures for University of Liverpool and for Adult Residential Colleges. Organises and leads country house study tours, and tries to find time to do research on British and American Country Houses.
Thomas Moran was the greatest American landscape painter of his time. He deserves to be as well known and as highly regarded here in England, where he was born, as he is in America, where he lived and worked. Inspired by the paintings of Turner, Moran was an explorer as well as an artist. His 30 visits to the West included the first survey of the Yellowstone in 1871 and an expedition to the Grand Canyon with John Wesley Powell in 1873. Moran’s great paintings of these natural wonders were purchased by Congress for $10,000 each and revealed for the first time, the scale, the colour and the light of these extraordinary places. He continued to travel, to paint and to champion the dramatic landscapes of the West for another half century. A remarkable life, wonderful paintings and, I hope, a memorable lecture.