Gloucester from Brookbank

1848
Fitz Henry Lane (American, 1804–1865)


Dimensions

50.8 x 76.52 cm (20 x 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

48.444

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Paintings

Lane painted this view from Brookbank, Samuel E. Sawyer’s estate on the western shore of Gloucester’s outer harbor. Sawyer, a merchant, was one of Gloucester’s greatest benefactors, who funded, among other things, the city’s public library. While the painting surveys his property, it also shows Lane’s early sensitivity to the depiction of light.

Inscription

Lower left, on rock: F H Lane/1848

Provenance

1848, the artist. Annette Parsons (Mrs. John LeFavour) Stanley (1849-1918), Gloucester. By 1938, Mrs. Louise S. Campbell, Montclair, New Jersey; 1943, with Charles D. Childs, Boston; 1943, sold by Charles D. Childs to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

Credit Line

Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865