Edward Moran studied art under Paul Weber and James Hamilton in Philadelphia and traveled to Europe to study in 1862. He was one of four of his brothers to become artists. Moran was best known for his marine and shore scenes which usually included fishermen working on their boats. He traveled to London where he was greatly influenced by J.M.W. Turner. Mora's work reflected the same sense of drama as Turner, with brilliant skies and bright green-blue turbulent seas. By 1857 he had established himself as an artist in Philadelphia. He chose to move to New York City in 1872 where he remained for the rest of his career. The last decade of his life was dedicated to producing 13 important epochs of U.S. Marine history. These paintings were widely exhibited but did not garner the expected monetary value of the time.