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.
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The Newport Art Museum’s collection consists of approximately 2,600 works of art in a range of media including works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, and photographs), paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, installation works, and textiles and is expanding to include new media. Concentrated on American art and contemporary art, the Museum’s collection includes works of art from the 18th century to present.
Highlights of the American art collection include 18th century paintings by Gilbert Stuart and John Smibert and noteworthy 19th century paintings, prints, and drawings by Samuel Colman, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Fitz Henry Lane, Lilla Cabot Perry, William Trost Richards, and Jane Stuart, as well as a significant collection of paintings, prints, and stained glass by John La Farge. The Museum is also home to a significant number of early 20th century paintings by Howard Gardiner Cushing, many of which are on permanent display in the Museum’s Cushing Memorial Gallery, and early 20th century paintings and sketchbooks by Julia Overing Boit. In addition, the Museum owns 150 wood engravings by Winslow Homer from 19th century periodicals and 400 autochromes (19th century photographs on glass).
The Museum owns many stunning 20th century works of art by nationally and internationally recognized artists, such as George Bellows, Mark di Suvero, Red Grooms, William Gropper, Philip Guston, Corita Kent, William Leete, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Manship, Philip Pearlstein, Fairfield Porter, Ad Reinhardt, Raphael Soyer, May Stevens, Andy Warhol, and also Albert Alcalay, Varujan Boghosian, and Chris Van Allsburg. The Museum has significant holdings of works on paper by Francis Adams Comstock and paintings and prints by Joseph Norman.
The Museum’s growing contemporary art collection includes photographs by Richard Benson, Lindsey Beal, Jesse Burke, Caleb Cole, Ron Cowie, Kathie Florsheim, Lucas Foglia, Henry Horenstein, Nancy Grace Horton, Joel Meyerowitz, Lissa Rivera, and considerable holdings of photographs by Aaron Siskind and Rhode Island photographer Salvatore Mancini; a print by George Condo; sculptures by regional, national, and international artists: Howard Ben Tré, Lisa Barthelson, Ashwini Bhat, Caleb Cole, Dale Chihuly, Steven Easton, Michael Hansel, Douglas Huebler, Howard Newman, Allison Newsome, Italo Scanga, Hugh Townley, Toots Zynsky, as well as David Allyn, Jillian Barber, Lisa Perez, and Richard Whitten; and lastly, paintings, drawings, and prints by James Baker, David Barnes, Donna Bruton, Umberto Crenca, Bob Dilworth, Mary Dondero, Jemison Faust, Leslie Graff, Michael Mazur, Sue McNally, Alan Metnick, Kenn Speiser, Meredith Stern, and many others.
In addition to works of art, the Museum also houses an archive, which contains documents and photographs related to the Art Association of Newport and Newport Art Museum’s exhibitions, members, and activities from its founding to present.