American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: Fitz Henry Lane, American, 1804–1865

Lighthouse at Camden, Maine

1851

Oil on canvas

58.4 x 86.4 cm (23 x 34 in.), framed: 81.3 x 110.5 x 9.5 cm (32 x 43 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)
Gift of the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation
1992.122.1
Commercial shipping played a critical role in the development of the American economy and became a popular subject in art and literature. Fitz Henry Lane rendered the Camden Harbor at sunset, uniting topographic precision with spectacular atmospheric effects. Made the same year that Herman Melville’s whaling novel Moby Dick was published, the painting shows a schooner filled with lumber sailing past Negro Island, where many free African Americans lived. As Maine gradually opened to commerce and tourism before the Civil War, the construction of numerous lighthouses aided coastal navigation.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view*
Bibliography: 

Peter Hawes, A Great Panorama Celebrating Twenty-five Years of American Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 20, ill.

Helen A. Cooper, M.A. 1975, M.Phil. 1977, Ph.D. 1986 et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 150, no. 88, ill.

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