Gloucester's Own: Fitz Henry Lane

→ Read the full text from the Cape Ann Museum's Fitz Henry Lane Gallery installation, written by CAM Curator Martha Oaks, here.


Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865) was America’s preeminent marine artist of the mid-19th century, a skilled draftsman, a master of ship’s portraiture, and an unparalleled observer of the world around him. Working in pencil or oil, Lane could render a ship at sea with a precision that satisfied the most discerning vessel owner, and the beauty of Cape Ann’s rocky shore with a skill that evoked the spirituality of Emerson and Thoreau.

With its exhibition of drawings, lithographs and paintings, the Cape Ann Museum celebrates Fitz Henry Lane’s artistic achievements and his enduring portrait of Gloucester and Cape Ann. As a whole, the collection offers a unique opportunity to view a cohesive body of work by a single artist in and of a singular place. Continue reading ...


Visit Fitz Henry Lane Online—a freely-accessible interactive and interdisciplinary online resource created by the Cape Ann Museum. The website is organized around a catalog of Lane's paintings, drawings, and lithographs and is intended to provide information of interest to a broad audience, and to serve as a resource for information and analysis of Lane’s work. The website focuses on both the formal, aesthetic qualities and provides detailed information on the historical context of his pictures.


View “Unfurling Fitz Henry Lane” – a short video about the creation of Fitz Henry Lane Online.


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