The Old Print Shop

View of Gloucester, (From Rocky Neck).

  • ARTIST: Fitz Henry Lane

  • PUBLISHER: Drawn and published by Fitz H. Lane, Tremont Temple, Boston.

  • MEDIUM: Two color lithograph,

    DATE: c.1845.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 15 15/16 x 22 3/4" (40.4 x 60 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Lane & Scott's Lithography. One of the great views of Gloucester from across the harbor. Fitz Henry Lane, 1804-1865. For many years collectors and art historians listed his middle name as Hugh. Recently researchers found a letter that he sent to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requesting a name change, not to Fitz Hugh Lane but to Fitz Henry Lane. His actual birth name was Nathaniel Rogers Lane. He was born in and spent most of his life in Gloucester, Massachusetts. While he is best remembered for being one of the earliest great luminous marine painters, he was also a gifted printmaker. In 1832 he apprenticed himself to the Boston lithographer, William S. Pendleton where he learned the technique of lithography. Pendleton was one of the earliest commercial lithographers in America. During his life he is known to have produced over forty different prints from large folio town views to music sheet covers. Today, his prints are in many museums and are coveted by collectors.


  • CONDITION: Good condition and color, save for several minor marginal tears.

  • REFERENCE: Reps, J., "Views and Viewmakers" #1451; Wilmerding #167.