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inv. 734
The Mariner Loves O'er the Waters to Roam
n.d.
Lithograph on paper
[dimensions unknown]
Lower left: F.H.L. scratched onto stone
Hark! hark! hark! the vesper bells pealing now softly along; / Hark! hark! hark! on the evening is stealing the mariners song
The Mariner Loves O'er the Waters to Roam
A Duet / Composed by / Alexander Lee. / Boston / Published by Oliver Ditson. 115 Washington St. / B.W.Thayer & Co.'s Lithography
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Commentary

This sheet music cover used the same stone as Sicilian Vespers, c.1832 (inv. 486). Although not signed, the work has Lane's initials scratched into the stone in the lower left. This music was printed by Thayer & Co. and published by Oliver Ditson. Pendleton's was in business until 1835, when Pendleton sold the business to Thomas Moore. Thayer took over the shop in 1840, which suggests that this print dates from after that time.

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Lithography: Parker & Ditson, Pub. – Boston
[Related to impression: The Huntington Library (inv. 733)]

In 1837 this Boston publisher was located at 107 Washington Street and published and sold sheet music with Lane's design for 50 cents.

The business was a partnership of Samuel H. Parker (d. 1864) and Oliver Ditson (1811–88). They went into partnership in 1833/34 and remained in business together until their partnership was dissolved in 1842. Ditson continued as a music printer and publisher and in 1857 he took John C. Haynes as partner in Oliver Ditson & Company. Ditson was one of the most prolific and successful music publishers of the era.

– Catharina Slautterback

publication
Arouse ye gay comrades
Bufford (in image); Thayer (lith.)
1840
Parker & Ditson
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.

Dedicated to the Tiger Boat Club.

Image: American Antiquarian Society
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Lithography: Thayer's, Lith. – Boston
[Related to impression: The Huntington Library (inv. 733)]

Benjamin W. Thayer (1814–75) was a lithographer operating in Boston from 1840–47 and 1851–53. According to an advertisement in the Boston Transcript, Thayer took over 204 Washington Street in 1840, the shop previously run by William S. Pendleton and Moore. Until 1845, he ran B. W. Thayer & Co. in conjunction with his brother-in-law, John H. Bufford, and John E. Moody. In 1846, Thayer left his partnership with Bufford, and opened a fancy goods store at 208 Washington Street, although he still listed himself as a lithographer. After not appearing in the Boston Directory from 1848–49, Thayer is recorded as having reentered his partnership with Bufford at 204 Washington Street and worked there until 1853, when he sold the shop to S. W. Chandler & Co. Thayer & Co. printed sheet music covers, theatrical posters, views of buildings and town views. After his lithography career, Thayer became a wealthy real estate broker and shareholder of multiple newspapers.

This information has been summarized from Boston Lithography 1825–1880 by Sally Pierce and Catharina Slautterback.

publication
1841 Bay State Democrat 6.26.1841
6.24.1841
Newspaper
p. 2

"A Memorial. A large-sized print has lately been published by Mr. Simon Whitney, (B.W. Thayer & Co. Lithographers,) intended as a memorial of the late President. The design is happily conceived and the work executed in a manner calculated to do credit to the artist..."

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publication
Arouse ye gay comrades
Bufford (in image); Thayer (lith.)
1840
Parker & Ditson
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.

Dedicated to the Tiger Boat Club.

Image: American Antiquarian Society
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illustration
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
E. Ruggles
1840
Frontispiece to "Bowdoin Poets"
Edited by Edward P. Weston
Published by Joseph Griffin, Brunswick
"E. Ruggles, del. Thayer, successor to Moore, Boston"
Collection of Melissa Geisler Trafton

Engraver listed as "Thayer, successor to Moore, Boston""E. Ruggles, del."

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Impression information

The Huntington Library (inv. 733)

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Photo: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (inv. 733)
Lower left: F.H.L. scratched onto stone Hark! hark! hark! the vesper bells pealing now softly along; / Hark! hark! hark! on the evening is stealing the mariners song The Mariner Loves O'er the Waters to Roam A Duet / Composed by / Alexander Lee. / Boston / Published by Oliver Ditson. 115 Washington St. / B.W.Thayer & Co.'s Lithography.
The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. The Jay T. Last Collection.
Citation: "The Mariner Loves O'er the Waters to Roam, n.d. (inv. 734)." Fitz Henry Lane Online. Cape Ann Museum. http://fitzhenrylaneonline.org/catalog/entry.php?id=734 (accessed April 23, 2017).
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