Original Painting by Thomas Moran, “Father of the National Parks” to be Auctioned in Glendale Friday, June 18

Thomas Moran

Painting part of a large fine art collection, belonging to the late Edward and Frances Elliott, that will be part of the fist live auction at EJ’s Auction & Appraisal in more than a year

GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 28, 2021) – An original Thomas Moran oil painting from, valued at an estimated $500,000 – $750,000, is scheduled to be auctioned Friday, June 18 at EJ’s Auction & Appraisal at 5990 W. Bell Road in Glendale.

The untitled painting of a borax mine by Thomas Moran is part of a large fine art collection owned by the late Edward and Frances Elliott that will be auctioned at EJ’s Auction. The painting has been displayed at both the “California Design” exhibition in Pasadena, California and in the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Moran is famous for his landscape paintings of the American West, particularly Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. He has been called the “father of the national parks” because his vivid sketches of Yellowstone helped convince Congress to declare it the first National Park in the United States.

More than 100 works of art will be available at the June 18 auction. Other noteworthy pieces that are expected to create a bidding frenzy among art collectors include:

  • A Max Ernst untitled oil on board valued at $21,000-$26,000
  • A James Swinnerton untitled oil on canvas valued at $20,000-$25000
  • A Louis Akin, Grand Canyon oil on canvas valued at $5,000-$10,000

“These are museum quality paintings, that have been part of exhibitions around the country,” says Erik Hoyer, auctioneer and owner of EJ’s Auction. “Serious art collectors won’t want to miss the chance to own a painting from these historical artists.”

Frances Elliott was an influential art collector in Arizona who helped create the Arizona Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Elliotts’ collection of early Arizona female artists traveled across Arizona in 2012 as a “Centennial Legacy Project” titled “Arizona’s Pioneering Women Artists: Impressions of the Grand Canyon State” to celebrate Arizona’s 100 years of statehood.

The Thomas Moran painting was part of the Elliotts’ broader art collection for nearly 20 years before Frances’s death in 2014.

The June 18 auction marks the first time since March 2020 that EJ’s Auction will host a live, in-person auction. The auction house transitioned to online only auctions in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bidders on June 18 can bid in-person or online at ejsauction.com beginning at 12 p.m. Pacific Time.  

All items are available for in-person preview between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. In addition, interested buyers can preview items online and register to bid at ejsauction.com. Auctions are subject to a 20% Buyer’s Premium.

EJ’s Auction also hosts a weekly online furniture, home décor and collectibles auction every Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit ejsauction.com or call (623) 878-2003.


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