Cape Ann Mu­seum

Through the win­ter sea­son, the Cape Ann Mu­seum will hold its ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the lithographs of cel­e­brated 19th cen­tury artist Fitz Henry Lane

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Through the win­ter sea­son, the Cape Ann Mu­seum will hold its ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the lithographs of cel­e­brated 19th-cen­tury artist Fitz Henry Lane

Through early March, the Cape Ann Mu­seum is hold­ing its spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion Drawn from Na­ture & on Stone:the Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane.as the first com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cus­ing on the 19th cen­tury Amer­i­can artist as a print­maker, the show in­ves­ti­gates Lane’s lithographs and ex­plores the in­ter­sec­tion of his work in oil and print, as well as his suc­cess at cre­at­ing il­lus­tra­tions for sheet mu­sic, busi­ness cards and stationery, ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­ri­als and book il­lus­tra­tions.the ex­hi­bi­tion will

hang through March 4 at the mu­seum in Glouces­ter, Mas­sachusetts.

Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) has long been rec­og­nized as one of Amer­ica’s most im­por­tant artists of the mid-19th cen­tury. First trained in lithog­ra­phy in Bos­ton, by the late 1840s Lane was rapidly es­tab­lish­ing him­self as a well-known and sought-af­ter painter. Dur­ing the 1850s and into the 1860s, Lane cre­ated an un­known num­ber of can­vases doc­u­ment­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the world around him.to­day, the Cape Ann Mu­seum dis­plays the world’s sin­gle largest col­lec­tion of oil paint­ings by the es­teemed Amer­i­can artist.

“Lane’s early years are care­fully chron­i­cled by his litho­graphic work,” ex­plains Ge­or­gia Barn­hill, guest cu­ra­tor of the ex­hi­bi­tion.“the ex­hi­bi­tion is of great im­por­tance to the town of Glouces­ter and the Cape Ann Mu­seum be­cause Lane grew up and lived most of his life in the town.the gran­ite house he built still looks over the ac­tive port to­wards is­lands and coves that he drew and painted.”

His work in­cluded views not only of Glouces­ter and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, but also of Bos­ton Harbor, coastal Maine, New York Harbor and other lo­cales.the ex­hi­bi­tion will high­light a se­ries of views Lane cre­ated of towns and cities through­out the re­gion in­clud­ing Glouces­ter, Bos­ton and Bal­ti­more, as well as Nor­wich, Con­necti­cut, and Cas­tine, Maine. While his can­vases re­main the work he is best known for, Lane’s life­long fas­ci­na­tion with the art of lithog­ra­phy re­mains an im­por­tant and cen­tral part of his ca­reer. In to­tal, Lane is thought to have had a hand in the pro­duc­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 65 lithographs.

“What we have come to re­al­ize is that print­mak­ing was cen­tral to Lane through­out his life. It was an art that he re­turned to again and again, even af­ter he had es­tab­lished him­self as a suc­cess­ful painter,” says Martha Oaks, Cape Ann Mu­seum cu­ra­tor.“the tech­niques he learned in the lithog­ra­phy work­shop, the other artists whom he met and be­friended work­ing as a print­maker, and the col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit that went into cre­at­ing lithographs stayed with Lane long af­ter he set him­self up in busi­ness as an oil painter.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture lithographs from the mu­seum’s own hold­ings and from col­lec­tions through­out the re­gion, and of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the in­ter­sec­tion of Lane’s work as a print­maker and a painter, learn more about the art of lithog­ra­phy and con­sider the en­dur­ing ef­fects im­age pro­duc­tion has had on Amer­i­can cul­ture since the early 19th cen­tury. Pro­gram­ming will ex­plore Fitz Henry Lane’s life and ca­reer in de­tail and against the back­drop of 19th cen­tury print­mak­ing cul­ture in Amer­ica. For in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets, visit ca­mu­seum.eventbrite.com or call (978) 283-0455. For ad­di­tional pro­gram­ming re­lated to this ex­hi­bi­tion, please see the mu­seum’s web­site at www.ca­pean­n­mu­seum.org.

Cape Ann Mu­seum • 27 Pleas­ant Street • Glouces­ter, MA 01930 (978) 283-0455 • www.ca­pean­n­mu­seum.org

Drawn by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), View in Bos­ton Har­bour. Ded­i­cated to the Tiger Boat Club, ca. 1837. Litho­graph on pa­per, 12 x 1811⁄16 in. Litho­graph by L.H. Brad­ford Lithog­ra­phy, Bos­ton. Cour­tesy of the Col­lec­tion of the Mu­seum of Fine Arts,...

Drawn by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), View in Bos­ton Har­bour. Litho­graph on pa­per; hand-col­ored, 1215⁄16 x 1911⁄16 in. Litho­graph by T. Moore’s Lithog­ra­phy, Bos­ton. Cour­tesy of Bos­ton Athenaeum.

Drawn by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) from a sketch by A. Co­nant, View of New Bed­ford From the Fort near Fairhaven, 1845. Litho­graph on pa­per, 1715⁄16 x 25¼ in. Litho­graph by Lane & Scott’s Lithog­ra­phy, Bos­ton; pub­lished by A. Co­nant. Cour­tesy of...

Drawn by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), Mill­bury Vil­lage. Litho­graph on pa­per, 123⁄16 x 1615⁄16 in. Litho­graph by Moore’s Litho­graph, Bos­ton. Cour­tesy of Amer­i­can An­ti­quar­ian So­ci­ety.

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