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Fitz Lane

Fitz Lane

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Fitz Hugh Lane, a painter of ships and marine scenes, was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Biography

Fitz Hugh Lane, a painter of ships and marine scenes, was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  After several years of training in Boston, he returned to Gloucester in the late 1940s.  He found most of his inspiration for subjects along the Massachusetts and Maine coasts. Lane\'s work was inspired by the ship portraiture of Robert Salmon.  Salmon was an established English marine artist who had immigrated to Boston in 1829, and became the fashionable painter of the genre there during the next decade and a half. 

Although Lane would later give up the rather dense, cluttered composition typical of the older artist, he took over the same format of a vessel depicted in full broadside profile and occupying much of the middle ground.  Throughout his career he continued to paint conventional ship portraits of both locally and nationally famous vessels, usually on commission from a ship captain or owner.  From the late 1850s on, Lane\'s personal style and subject matter evolved to his signature images of the New England coast, often stilled in the delicate transitional moments of dawn or twilight.˛

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