Fitz Henry Lane grew up the son of a sail maker on Gloucester Harbor’s working waterfront. As a child he lost the use of his legs and, unable to play games as the other boys did, found solitary pleasure in art. Though he was largely self-taught, he honed his skills through employment at Pendleton’s Lithography shop in Boston. As his technique improved he was able to establish himself as a successful marine painter, working in the luminist style; an offshoot of the Hudson River school that emphasized tranquil lighting effects, calm water and soft, hazy skies. The setting for this piece is Casco Bay, in the vicinity of Halfway Rock—a treacherous, barren ledge that rises only ten feet above high tide—before a series of shipwrecks led to the construction of the lighthouse that stands there today.
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Fitz Henry Lane : “Becalmed off Halfway Rock” (1860)
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