Fitz Henry Lane,
New York Yacht Club Regatta, Buzzards Bay off the Coast of New Bedford, 1856
Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Morris Smith in memory of her mother Nathalie Bailey Morris, wife of Lewis Gouverneur Morris of Newport and New York, 1991.007.001
The son of a sailmaker, Fitz Henry Lane was born in Gloucester, MA. He began his career as a lithographer and taught himself to paint. In this magnificent marine vista, originally titled "The First New York Yacht Club Regatta," Lane exhibits his characteristic mastery of space and atmosphere associated with luminist painting. This painting distinguishes itself as one that includes a portrait of the artist, who is seated with his back turned to the viewer, in the vessel at the center of the composition. This is the first work of art by Lane owned by the Newport Art Museum.