Object Detail


Date
1859
Period
19th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
22 1/8 x 36 1/4 inches (unframed)
29 1/2 x 43 3/8 x 3 1/4 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Boats
Mountain (s)/Nature
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997.3.30
Accession No
97.3.30
Context
Lane romanticized a typical nineteenth-century harbor scene of boats during a dead calm, based on sketches he made on a sail from Camden harbor toward Rockland. The three peaks at the center of the painting—from left to right, Mount Battie, Mount Megunticook, and Bald Mountain—take on transcendent proportions in the rosy glow of the low sun behind them. Lane’s vision of a traditional maritime wilderness shows a heavily laden Maine lumber schooner and a steamboat moving close to shore—just two modes of transport spanning the spectrum of vessels active in the local and national economies.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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