Blog Posts tagged with Fitz Henry Lane

Fitz Henry Lane, The Yacht “America” Winning the International Race, 1851.  Collection of Peabody Essex Museum.

Fitz Henry Lane as art teacher to William Bradford

Posted: August 04, 2010 17:39 Last Updated: | James A. Craig

Ever since scholars began to pry into the life of the 19th century American marine painter Fitz Henry (formerly Hugh) Lane, they have been aware of Lane’s role as an art instructor to a Mrs. Mary Mellen, a personal friend of Lane’s and the unfortunate possessor of limited artistic skills.  So narrow has the academic focus been upon Mary Mellen that over time a belief has arisen declaring her to have been Lane’s only student.  Yet in-depth analysis of significant paintings combined with new testimony penned by a Mr. John Trask, Fitz Henry Lane’s next door neighbor, close per...

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...

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