Dana Beach, Manchester
Fitz Henry Lane, American, 1804 - 1865, and Mary Blood Mellen, American, 1819 - 1886.
Fitz Henry Lane’s luminous views of beaches and harbors from Massachusetts to Maine have long been considered some of the finest achievements in nineteenth-century American landscape painting. His works’ signature serenity has been identified as an artistic corollary to the roughly contemporary development of Transcendentalist philosophy and Unitarian faith in the Boston area. In recent years, Lane’s relationship with his gifted student and collaborator Mary Blood Mellen has come to light, altering the attributions of numerous works once securely identified as Lane’s.