Etcher, painter. The youngest of four Moran brothers, Peter was born in Lancashire, England, and came with his family to America in 1844. He was apprenticed to a lithographer at the age of sixteen but disliked the work and began to study with his brothers Thomas and Edward, who were both established artists in Philadelphia. Peter traveled to New Mexico in 1864—seven years before Thomas's first sketching trip to Yellowstone—and again in the early 1880s. Several more trips west were made in the company of his brothers. Peter was also known for paintings and etchings of animal subjects, drawn from the bucolic surroundings of Philadelphia, where he maintained a studio throughout his career.
McCracken, Harold. Portrait of the Old West, pp. 150–51. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1952.
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art. Catalogue of the Collection, pp. 58–66. Fort Worth, Tex.: Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, 1972.
Trenton, Patricia, and Peter H. Hassrick. The Rocky Mountains: A Vision for Artists in the Nineteenth Century, pp. 282, 292. Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1983.
Charles Eldredge, Julie Schimmel, and William H. Truettner Art in New Mexico, 1900–1945: Paths to Taos and Santa Fe (Washington, DC: National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1986)