Confirmed Thomas Moran painting donated to Toledo museum


HELENA – When retired Gibsonburg art teacher Marto “Marty” Atkinson was growing up in Hudson, her mother hung a Thomas Moran painting on the wall. Her mother was repeatedly told by so-called antiquarian experts that the painting was worthless, but her mother insisted that the painting was of great value.

Atkinson, who now lives in Helena, doesn’t know much about the painting’s history, except that her grandfather somehow acquired it in Philadelphia. When her mother died, Atkinson inherited the painting, and she often wondered if her mother’s intuition about it was correct.

Atkinson inherited the painting artist whose work created Yellowstone National Park

In 2005, Atkinson realized her mother was right.

“My friend had tickets to the Antiques Roadshow and she called me and said, ‘Get the painting,’” Atkinson said.


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