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James A. Craig

A curator and lecturer specializing in 19th-century American marine art, author James A. Craig first became enamored with New England's maritime saga while studying Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. He resides in the fishing port of Gloucester, Mass., with his wife Katie.

In 2006, the American art world was stunned to discover that it had been calling one of its most beloved artists by the wrong name. New research revealed that Fitz Hugh Lane (when alive) had actually been named Fitz Henry Lane. What other new revelations await?

Blog entries from Discoveries: Fitz Henry Lane for July 2010

Fitz Henry Lane, Sicilian Vespers, 1832, lithograph.

New Fitz Henry Lane artwork: the lithograph Sicilian Vespers

Posted: July 28, 2010 21:20 Last Updated: | James A. Craig

Fitz Henry (formerly "Hugh") Lane’s career as an artist officially began in the year 1832, when at the age of 27, he was hired by Pendleton’s Lithography firm in Boston to serve as an apprentice. As the earliest known lithographic creation by Lane had been his "View of the Old Building at the Corner of Ann Street," 1835, it was long supposed that it had taken Lane roughly three years of instruction at Pendleton’s to master the medium of lithography.  Yet, new findings from the archives of the Boston Athenaeum now reveal that Lane pretty much hit the ground running when he came...