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C. H. Moore was a leading artist, teacher, and historian of the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. He began his association with Thomas Farrer, a pupil of the English Pre-Raphaelite critic John Ruskin, and a group of young American painters, known as “The Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art, ” in 1863. However, it wasn’t until 1876 on a one-year leave from his teaching duties at Harvard University that he finally met Ruskin. The two men made a trip to Italy together, where Moore produced a series of eight closely studied watercolors of the Italian scenery. All feature the exacting detail and interest in texture characteristic of his style.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes another watercolor by Moore of an Italian subject, Church Tower, Italian Hill Town (Eskenazi Museum of Art 98.141).

Charles Herbert Moore
American, 1840–1930
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1885
Watercolor over graphite on paper
Image/sheet: 13 15/16 x 20 in. (35.4 x 50.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 91.280