FITZ HENRY LANE (1804-1865)
FITZ HENRY LANE (1804-1865)
FITZ HENRY LANE (1804-1865)
FITZ HENRY LANE (1804-1865)
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FITZ HENRY LANE (1804-1865)

Coming Ashore near Brace's Rock, Gloucester, Massachusetts

FITZ HENRY LANE (1804-1865)
Coming Ashore near Brace's Rock, Gloucester, Massachusetts
signed 'Painted by Fitz H Lane.' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
10 x 15 ¾ in. (25.4 x 40 cm.)
Painted circa 1860.
Private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1945.
Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1973.
Private collection, 1974.
Godel & Co. Fine Art, New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2005.
J. Wilmerding, Fitz Hugh Lane, 1804–1865: American Marine Painter, Salem, Massachusetts, 1964, p. 47 (as Brace's Rock).
J. Wilmerding, "Fitz Henry Lane & Mary Blood Mellen," American Art Review, vol. XIX, no. 4, 2007, p. 176 (as Coming Ashore near Brace's Rock).
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art, Sea & Sail, November 22, 1974-February 2, 1975, no. 80 (as Island Off the Maine Coast).
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting and the American Site, June 5-July 31, 1980, pp. 4, 17, no. 40 (as Island Off the Maine Coast).
Gloucester, Massachusetts, Cape Ann Historical Museum; New York, Spanierman Gallery, Fitz Henry Lane & Mary Blood Mellen: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries, July 7-December 1, 2007, pp. 24, 42, 100, no. 46, illustrated.
Further details
This work is included as inventory number 60 in the online catalogue raisonné ( under the direction of the Cape Ann Museum.

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Fitz Henry Lane was born in 1804 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where his father worked as a sail maker. For nearly his entire career, Lane painted the coast of his native New England with his earliest works depicting Gloucester Harbor and its ships. In 1832 he settled in Boston, where he later established a reputation as the foremost professional marine painter in America. In 1848, Lane returned permanently to Gloucester, and soon embarked on a series of luminous marine paintings that still rank today as some of the most important contributions to American painting in the nineteenth century.

The present work belongs to Lane's late series of tranquil seascapes of Gloucester, Massachusetts, which also includes Brace's Rock, Brace's Cove (1864, Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Illinois). According to the online catalogue raisonné of the artist's work: "The treatment of the rocks, particularly those covered in seaweed in the water, have a softer and less distinct quality that could indicate Mary Mellen's hand. While this work is signed by Lane, it joins a number of other signed Lane works that show enough of Mellen's stylistic characteristics to suggest a collaboration." (S. Holdsworth, "Brace's Rock Series,"

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