Lighthouse at Camden, Maine Artist: Fitz Henry Lane (American, 1804–1865)


American Paintings and Sculpture

Not on view

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.


Oil on canvas


23 × 34 in. (58.4 × 86.4 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Robert Slifkin, "American Art Smithsonian American Art Museum," Fitz Lane's Compromised Seascapes 27 (2013), 69, fig. 3
  • Helen A. Cooper 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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Object/Work type

landscapes (representations), marine (visual work), seascapes


signed and dated lower right: F.H. 1851

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