photo: FH Lane illustration (Boston Harbor/USS Constitution/State House) for
Captn. E.G. Austin’s quick step As first performed by the BOSTON BRIGADE BAND on the anniversary of the Boston Light Infantry, May 31st 1837 also the new nautical song A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew, sung by Mr. Williamson
From Cape Ann Museum- Upcoming Saturday January 6, 2018
“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Quick Steps and Ballads: The Sheet Music Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, on Saturday, January 6 at 3:00 p.m. This musical performance is free for Cape Ann residents, Museum members or with Museum admission. Reservations are required and can be made online at camuseum.eventbrite.com or call (978)283-0455 x10.
The performance was conceptualized and coordinated by local musicians Kristina Martin, Kathleen Adams and Beverly Soll with music transcription and program design by Andrew Soll. Featured performers include the Waring School Singers, ‘Leven, Vintage Victorian of Nahant, and other individuals from around the north shore area. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the dances and hear the songs that were popular in the 19th century!
The performance is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, which was designed to explore artist Fitz Henry Lane’s life and career in detail and against the backdrop of 19th century printmaking culture in America. As early as 1833 Lane was illustrating sheet music for these popular songs of the time. The special exhibition is on display until March 4, 2018.
Image credit: (left) Song of the Fisher’s Wife. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F.H. Lane. Lithograph by Sharp & Michelin Lithography. Published by Oakes & Swan, Boston, 1840. American Antiquarian Society. (center) The Maniac. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Thayer’s Lithographic Press. Published by Parker & Ditson, Boston, 1840. American Antiquarian Society. (right) Sicilian Vespers. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston. Published by C. Bradlee, Boston, c.1832. Boston Athenaeum. Gift of Charles E. Mason, Jr., 1978.”
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This comprehensive exhibition focusing on Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) as a printmaker runs through March 2018. Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, served as guest curator and worked closely with the Museum to organize this special show.
Barnhill will be giving another curator gallery talk Saturday, December 2, 9:30AM.
Cape Ann Museum is readying a major print retrospective of Fitz Henry Lane which opens October 7th. The staff is fine tuning the installation, adjusting lighting levels, and so on. I couldn’t resist sharing a few close ups and details to build some excitement. Lane was born in 1804 in Gloucester. He was one of the rare artists that gained worldwide recognition in his own lifetime. Today he is regarded as one of the great marine and luminous painters of the 19th century. His printmaking is stellar and continued throughout his career. Mark your calendars! Cape Ann Museum developed super special events related to the exhibition including walking tours and a full day print symposium (read more below). Sponsors of the Lane exhibition include: John Rando, Jerry and Margaretta Hausman, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, Jay Last, J.J. and Jackie Bell, Bill and Anne Kneisel, Arthur Ryan, International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc., and Beauport Hospitality Group. Drawn From Nature & On Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane opens October 7th at Cape Ann Museum, Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA.