Fitz Henry Lane
View from Kettle Cove, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Fitz Henry Lane, American, View from Kettle Cove, Manchester-by-the-Sea, 1847, Oil on canvas; 51.8 x 76.8 cm (20 3/8 x 30 5/16 inches), Jesse Metcalf Fund 38.068
Fitz Henry Lane grew up near Gloucester, Massachusetts, on the coast north of Boston. He worked as a lithographer in the city before returning to Gloucester about 1847 to paint. RISD’s view, long thought to be Little Good Harbor Beach northeast of Gloucester, is now identified as Kettle Cove, Manchester-by-the-Sea, southwest of the town. At left is Coolidge Point with Great Egg Rock beyond; at right is Crow Island and Little Egg Rock. In the distance, two lighthouses identify Baker’s Island. Lane’s combination of precise drawing and luminous color conveys the reverence for nature that was a constant in nineteenth-century American landscape painting.