This Weekend in the Arts

What Makes Fitz Henry Lane’s Lithographs So Special?

Curator’s talk at the Cape Ann Museum

Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), View of the Town of Gloucester, Mass., 1836. Colored lithograph on paper. Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston. Bequest of E. Hyde Cox, 1998 [Acc. #1998.36.10].

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an illustrated talk with Georgia Barnhill, the guest curator of Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, on Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. This program is $10 for Museum members/$20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). For more information or to make a reservation call 978-283-0455 x10 or reserve online at

Drawn from Nature & on Stone is the first ever comprehensive exhibition focusing on 19th century American artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865) as a printmaker. Guest curator, Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society, worked closely with the Cape Ann Museum in organizing this special show. The exhibition offers scholars and lay people alike the opportunity to explore the intersection of Lane’s work as a printmaker and a painter, to learn more about the art of lithography and to consider the enduring effects printing has on American culture from the early 19th century through today. In her presentation, Barnhill will talk about Lane’s career set against work by his contemporaries.

Georgia Barnhill was curator of graphic arts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester for forty years and established its Center for Historic American Visual Culture several years before retiring in 2012.  She worked with Sally Pierce and Catharina Slautterback on the Athenaeum’s 1997 exhibition, Early American Lithography: Images to 1830. Among her publications are Wild Impressions: The Adirondacks on Paper, Bibliography on American Prints of the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries. She has edited several conference volumes including New Views of New England: Studies in Material and Visual Culture, 1680-1830 with Martha McNamara for the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. She has lectured and published extensively on the Antiquarian Society’s collections of prints, illustrated books, and ephemera. She has served on the boards of the American Historical Print Collectors Society, the Print Council of America, and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she is president of the Amherst Historical Society.

About the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit for details.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at   For a detailed media fact sheet please visit


Music at the Annisquam Village Church

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