American Landscape Painting | Art Acquisition | National Gallery

The National Gallery Acquires a Never-Before Seen Moran Watercolor

Chelsea DeLay | August 10th, 2012 | Posted in News

Over the past few months at the National Gallery, there has been a hotbed of activity within the acquisitions department, with several new pieces being considered as firsts for the museum —a difficult feat for a collection that consists of over 127,000 works.  Mountain of the Holy Cross became the first watercolor by Thomas Moran to pass through the doors of the National Gallery, and since it has neither passed out of private ownership, nor been publicly exhibited before, this Hudson River School painting has a pronounced significance.

Other important additions to the National Gallery’s collection are White and Pink (The Palace), a watercolor by James McNeill Whistler still in its original frame, and several works that were relinquished from Mrs. Paul Mellon: two Winslow Homer paintings, an autumnal scene by William Merrit Chase, and a pastoral New England scene by Eastman Johnson. The recent interest of institutions in acquiring American landscape paintings and still life scenes reiterates the market’s current resurgence of interest in Hudson River School and American Art.


A view of the National Gallery’s West Building, which houses the American art collection.

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.