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Date
Circa 1856
Period
19th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
20 1/8 x 33 1/8 inches (unframed)
27 1/8 x 40 x 3 3/4 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Boats
lighthouse
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997.3.31
Accession No
97.3.31
Context
In his paintings based upon his many sketches of Owls Head is Lane’s emphasis upon sky, light and the movement of water—elements as important as the ship details for which he was known. The dark ocean swells in Rockland harbor carry different types of commercial craft—at left, a sloop with a load of wood, and to the right a fishing schooner. The boats are angled to draw attention toward the Owls Head promontory, but neither this device nor the pink-tinged sky that dominates fully two-thirds of the composition, quite diminish the presence of a passenger steamer making its way between Boston and ports in Maine.

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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