The first ever comprehensive exhibition focusing on 19th century American artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865) as a printmaker.
Fitz Henry Lane has long been recognized as one of America’s most important marine painters of the mid-19th century and examples of his works in oil from the 1840s through the early 1860s are featured in major art museums across the country. Lane’s success as a printmaker, however, is something that is not widely recognized. With this exhibition, the Museum will investigate this important part of Lane’s career, exploring the intersection of his work in oil and in print and his success at creating illustrations for sheet music, business cards and stationery, advertising materials and book illustrations. The exhibition will also spotlight a series of views Lane created of towns and cities throughout the region including Gloucester, Boston, Norwich, Connecticut, Castine, Maine, and Baltimore. In total, Lane is thought to have had a hand in the production of approximately 65 lithographs and perhaps more. It was a medium which he worked in throughout his career, from his early days as an apprentice at the Pendleton Shop in Boston through to the end of his life when he created lithographs which mirrored his work in oil.