Later, Moran traveled to England to study the work of J. (born in 1837 in Bolton) Thomas Moran was born in 1837 in Bolton, Lancashire to two handloom weavers.Known best for these wilderness studies, Moran belonged to both the Hudson River and the Rocky Mountain Schools, who defined the 19th-century imagery of the American landscape.Moran's initial instruction came after disinterest in a wood-engraving internship in Philadelphia led him to study watercolor from local painters, which he practiced by sketching in forests surrounding the city. Turner, whose British landscapes would be a major influence.
Although primarily known as a portrait painter, Henri found subjects in Southern California that he believed worthy of his efforts.
The rapid industrialization of nineteenth century England soon mechanized the weaving process and forced Thomas Moran's parents out of their jobs, at which point the whole family was moved to Kensington, Philadelphia, just outside of Philadelphia.
At the age of sixteen, Thomas Moran became an apprentice to a Philadelphia wood engraving firm, Scattergood & Telfer.
His career took off after the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 where he showed thirty-five life-sized animal plasters and two equestrian statues.
In 1894 Proctor further honed his craft in Paris at the Academie Julian.