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Thomas Moran’s 1859 painting Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came is a poetic and extravagant canvas from the remarkable American landscape painter. Closely associated with the Hudson River School, Moran found his ideal subject in the dramatic Rocky Mountains, finding a sweeping narrative in the ragged vistas of the American frontiers. Alongside Albert Bierstadt, Moran became closely associated with the emerging borders of the United States, making frequent journeys to the Western edges to paint his monumental landscapes. Beginning as an apprentice to a wood-engraver, Moran honed his talent for depth, scale, and turbulently hyper-real situations. At the time of painting Moran was working as an illustrator and colorist for a popular monthly magazine. Combining his populist abilities with his literary aspirations, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came is clearly influenced by the British landscape painter J. M. W. Turner which Moran would certainly have seen when he traveled to England in 1862. The sublime use of dark hues rising into lighter tones suggests a redemptive journey made towards the central bastion of the painting.
Taking its title and subject from a poem by the English writer Robert Browning, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came is itself a line taken from William Shakespeare's play King Lear. Written in 1855, explores Roland's journey to the Dark Tower and is suffused with nightmarish images, hyper-real topography, and remains an unusual addition to Browning’s work. Moran captures the unsettling complexity with an elegant, bombastic eye, glimpsing the deeply psychological terrain of the poet’s narrative. A stark and jarring canvas, Moran’s reproduction of Browning’s work remains a unique example of the intermingling between English Romanticism and Western frontier painting that would come to characterise American painting in the late nineteenth century.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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