Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Drawn from Nature and on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, which was on view at the Cape Ann Museum from October 7 through March 4, 2018, this lecture features John Wilmerding, retired Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art and a noted Fitz Henry Lane scholar. Wilmerding traces the evolution of Fitz Henry Lane’s artistic style from his early work in sheet music covers to his mid-career panoramic harbor views to his later and more sophisticated maritime compositions. While placing images of Lane’s lithographs and paintings side by side with those of potential influential contemporaries such as Robert Salmon and John Quidor, Wilmerding presents accepted facts and poses intriguing new questions that warrant further research, demonstrating that an art historian’s work is never truly finished. Moderated by Museum Board Member Sam Holdsworth.
Subject List: Fitz Henry Lane; lithography; Fitz Henry Lane Online; 19th century American art; Robert Salmon; John Wilmerding; John Quidor.