Search this catalogue
print this page

Catalog entry

inv. 165
View from Newport Beach near Manchester
Graphite on paper (3 sheets)
9 3/4 x 41 1/4 in. (24.8 x 104.8 cm)
Inscribed lower center (in pencil): View from Newport Beach near Manchester Mansfield / F.H. Lane del.; Inscribed lower left (in pencil): Picture painted from this sketch.

Explore catalog entries by keywords view all keywords »

Subject Types:   Coastal Scene »
Landscape Types:   Beach »
Cape Ann Locales:   Manchester »
Building Types:   Lighthouse »

Historical Materials
Below is historical information related to the Lane work above. To see complete information on a subject on the Historical Materials page, click on the subject name (in bold and underlined).

[ top]

Manchester-by-the-Sea is located on Cape Ann in Essex County, Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1645, Manchester has many beaches and coves, including Manchester Harbor, and several small islands off the coast. Dubbed the Gold Coast in the nineteenth century, it became a summer destination for "rusticators", wealthy families escaping the heat of their residences in Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Among these was the famous shipbuilder and merchant Robert Bennet Forbes, who built a summer house, Masconomo, in the area known as Newport Beach in 1847. Lane painted portraits of vessels built and owned by Forbes, the "Massachusetts" and the steam bark "Antelope".

Related tables: Forbes, Robert Bennet »
Description of photograph of "Masconomo"
c. 1970
Typed transcription of photograph caption
Manchester Historical Museum, Manchester, Mass.
Image: Manchester Historical Museum

Also filed under: Forbes, Robert Bennet »

photo (current)
Kettle Cove
Alison Anholt-White
View of Kettle Cove and Baker's Island, as depicted by Lane in his painting "View from Kettle Cove" (inv.94)
Image: Alison Anholt-White

Also filed under: Site Photographs »

Map of Manchester, Massachusetts
Manchester Historical Museum
Image: Manchester Historical Museum

Also filed under: Forbes, Robert Bennet »

photo (historical)
"Masconomo", Manchester, Mass.
c. 1857
Manchester Historical Museum

In 1856 Robert Bennet Forbes bought nineteen acres of land for $2,800 from Israel F. Tappan in the section of the West Manchester shore known in those days as Newport. There he built Masconomo, named for the sagamore of the Agawam. In her unpublished letters to her son Robert, his wife Rose Greene Forbes wrote:

"...I think Father will put up a good sized cheap summer house, rough pillars, pine furniture etc., and very likely we shall all be there for two months next summer. He means to show people how rational people ought to live at the seaside. What nice times we shall have..."

The house was sold to Benjamin G. Boardman in 1865.

Image: Manchester Historical Museum

Also filed under: Forbes, Robert Bennet »

photo (historical)
"Masconomo", Manchester, Massachusetts, The Robert Forbes House, 1856
Edith Perkins Cunningham
Book "Family Photographs" 1:45
Privately Printed: The Riverside Press
Collection of the Forbes House Museum.
Image: Forbes House Museum

Marks & Labels

Marks: Inscribed upper left (in red ink): 82 [numbering system used by curator A. M. Brooks upon Samuel H. Mansfield's donation of the drawings to the Cape Ann Museum]

Exhibition History

No known exhibitions.

Published References

Cape Ann 1974: Paintings and Drawings by Fitz Hugh Lane, fig. 99.

Related historical materials

Other Locales
Citation: "View from Newport Beach near Manchester (inv. 165)." Fitz Henry Lane Online. Cape Ann Museum. (accessed July 24, 2024).
Record last updated January 11, 2017. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Please share your knowledge with us: click here to leave feedback.