Aug 13, 2008

Harbor of Boston, with the City in the Distance

Harbor of Boston, with the City in the Distance

c. 1846-1847

Fitz Henry Lane

(American, 1804-1865)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 66 x 104.8 x 14 cm (26 x 41 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.); Unframed: 43.2 x 68.6 cm (17 x 27 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund and partial gift of Travers Newton, Joanna Newton Riccardi and Georgia Newton Pulos 2004.35

Did you know?

For a long time, art historians mistakenly thought the artist’s middle name was Hugh.


In this late afternoon view of Boston Harbor, Lane masterfully evoked the diffuse quality of sunlight reflecting off water. The artist was a son of a shipbuilder, so perhaps it is not surprising that his renderings of ships and their intricate riggings are painstakingly accurate. On the far left side of the painting, evolving technology appears in the guise of a steamboat, which ferried passengers between Boston and Gloucester.

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