Castine Harbor and Town

August 1851
Fitz Henry Lane (American, 1804–1865)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 489, fig. 108


Sight: 26 x 79.3 cm (10 1/4 x 31 1/4 in.) Framed: 47.6 x 99.7 cm (18 3/4 x 39 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor over graphite, panorama on two joined sheets of moderately thick, cream wove paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Panoramic view on two joined sheets. Sailboat; town across water, fields foreground.


Inscribed upper left in brown ink: Castine harbor and town from American battery of 1779 at Hainey's Point, a short way northerly of Henry's Point of later time. / Fitz Henry [sic] Land of Gloucester, Mass., made this sketch for Noah Brooks in August 1851, and on its acceptance an oil painting. / In his will of date Nov. 30, 1900 Mr. Brooks bequethed the painting to the town of Castine "for the public library."


Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI; 1954, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1954)

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875