It was almost springlike recently when I took a little walk around the park area including the Fitz Henry Lane House and the Fitz Hugh Lane statue. I am walking the line between the 2 names best known for the local artist born Nathaniel Rogers Lane in 1804 and legally changed his name to Fitz Henry Lane in 1834. You can be forgiven for confusion over the name Fitz Hugh Lane which apparently was erroneous. (More info on that here from the National Gallery of Art) The Gloucester Harbor Walk provides further information here, as well as fellow blog contributor Catherine Ryan’s post from March 2019 which can be found here. Further information on the Fitz Henry Land house and Fitz Hugh Lane statue can also be found here from Cape Ann Museum.
Regardless, all that background info isn’t really necessary in order to enjoy the paved walkways, benches and tables in this park area. And, of course, the Alfred Duca statue overlooking Harbor Loop is most striking. I am not sure how all the pine cones ended up nearby but they don’t detract from the statue’s beauty. There were families and couples enjoying a little quiet time and scenery while I was there. Maybe don’t worry too much about Henry vs Hugh and just enjoy the surroundings while you are there.
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I have always loved that statue! And that area! I love walking the loop! Great reminder!
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Such a pretty spot and photos! David Rhinelander wrote that HarborWalk moment (with me, and the gHW on line links with more info about Lane and Duca), and GMG was early to publish. The permanent markers prompt more exploring in town. This one encourages visits to the Cape Ann Museum, the repository with the greatest Lane painting and sketchbook holdings anywhere. Since 2016, 4 years after the Harbor Walk was installed, the Cape Ann Museum’s acclaimed Fitz Henry Lane on line catalogue is available, too. And curator Martha Oaks 1980s catalogue is super :}