Image Resources | Currently on View in Andrew and Jane Paine Galleries
This canvas is perhaps the only panoramic underwater scene in 19th-century American art, and it is the aquatic equivalent of a Hudson River School landscape.
Moran may have been inspired by underwater exploration related to the laying of the first successful telegraph cable in 1858.
The piece was first owned by Dr. J.M. Sommerville in 1862. Bernard Danenberg Inc. of New York sold the piece to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1970.