1804The painter Nathaniel Rogers Lane, later known as Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), was born.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Notable People, Art

Fitz Henry Lane, View of the Town of Gloucester, 1836, Lithograph on paper, hand-colored, Cape Ann Museum, Gift of E. Hyde Cox, 1998, https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/objects/view-town-gloucester-mass/.
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Fitz Henry Lane was born on December 19, 1804, to sail-maker Jonathan Dennison Lane and Sarah (Sally) Ring Haskell Lane. He had one elder brother and two younger sisters. His mother’s ancestors were some of the earliest colonists to arrive on Cape Ann, settling in Gloucester’s West Parish. His paternal ancestors arrived after 1700 and settled in Lanesville, which was named after them.

He formally changed his name to Fitz Henry Lane in 1831 although the reason is unknown. Fitz Henry Lane worked from 1832 to 1837 at Pendleton’s lithography shop in Boston. It was here that he received his first formal art training and saw professional art and artists. By 1840, he was listed in the Boston Almanac under “Marine Painters.”

Fitz Henry Lane | Fitz Henry Lane Biography. https://fitzhenrylaneonline.org/page/?name=biography
J.W. Black, Portrait of the painter Fitz Henry Lane, c. 1865, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 19992.
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