PETER MORAN – Harvest at San Juan, New Mexico, 1883
Sheet size: 350 x 450 mm
Image size: 150 x 310 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown; scarce – Signed in plate
Original etching by Peter Moran, signed with initials in the plate. This thrilling composition shows Indians from the San Juan Pueblo (Ohkay Owingeh) using horses to thresh grain, and is sometimes more accurately titled Threshing Grain at San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico Territory. This large etching was executed for Original Etchings by American Artists by Sylvester Rosa Koehler, published by Cassell and Company in 1883. Printed in brown on heavy wove paper; no details are given as to the printer. No print-run is given, but it must have been small, as both the original work and the individual plates are very scarce. Sylvester Rosa Koehler explains the scene thus: “The Indians use horses instead of oxen to thresh their wheat, and they are just driving them into the threshing circle indicated by the upright poles. The ground occupied by the horses is the cleaning floor, the raised ground which forms part of a circle in the foreground, is the earth banked up in levelling the floor, and the refuse of several years threshing.” Peter Moran executed a painting of the same subject (now at Evlich College, Dallas) and also a watercolour (now at the Amon Carter Museum). Ref: Keppel 74. Condition: Very good.