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Good Harbor Beach / Bass Rocks

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A painting of Little Good Harbor Beach which Lane made from the drawing Little Good Harbor Beach from the Western Upland, 1861 (inv. 152) was given as a prize in a raffle at the 1863 Cape Ann Sanitary Fair, according to the Gloucester Telegraph of December 26. Salt Island and Thacher's Island are visible in the background of the drawing. The painting's current whereabouts is unknown.

Good Harbor Beach is on the other side of East Gloucester, towards Rockport, near Salt Island.

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map
1831 Mason Map
John Mason
1831
Lithograph
28.5 x 21 in.
Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive

When Massachusetts decreed that each town be mapped, John Mason drew the map of Cape Ann in 1830. This drawing was sent to the Senefelder Lithographic Company of Boston (owned by William Pendleton) to be printed, and then sold in Gloucester by W.E.P. Rogers, whose Gloucester Telegraph of February 12, 1831 announced, "A few specimen copies of the map, uncolored, have reached the town" and that they cost $1.25. Perhaps this business arrangement between Pendleton and Rogers provided Lane with his introduction to Pendleton.

publication
1850 Gloucester Daily Times 9.11.1850
9.11.1850
Newspaper
Gloucester Daily Times

"Fitz H. Lane, Esq., has just finished a view of Good Harbor Beach; and if we are not mistaken, it will be pronouced as fine a painting as the artist has ever produced. The picture combines the quiet beauty of a landscape with the life and grandeur of the ocean."

publication
1863 Gloucester Telegraph 12.26.1863
12.26.1863
Newsprint
Gloucester Telegraph
Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive

At a Sanitary Fair held at the Pavilion "obtained through the favor and generosity of the owner, Mr. SIDNEY MASON, of New York, and to whom many thanks are due."  "... hangs a fine picture, the generous gift of our own Artist, Mr. Lane.  The Subject is "Coffin's Beach," as seen from the "Loaf."  This is the most costly article on sale in the rooms, and is valued at $100. It will be disposed of by tickets $1 each."

Two paintings by Lane, Little Good Harbor Beach and View from the Loaf were on sale at the Fair.

publication
1863 Gloucester Telegraph 12.26.1863
12.26.1863
Newspaper
Gloucester Telegraph

"The Cape Ann Sanitary Fair: [Thursday in the Curiosity Room] We noticed and particularly admired a beautiful wreath of Wax Flowers, the work of a lady artist (Mrs. Charles Mellen) who not only excels in this delicate art, but adds to it the genius so rare in women, of a high rank in oil painting. One of her landscape scenes hangs in the same room. We are happy and grateful to acknowledge again a new donation of a Painting from Mr. Lane, at half price. subject: "Little Good Harbor Beach." This, like the former, was sold at raffle and will realize to the Fair a handsome amount... The following articles were drawn in raffle: Mr. Lane's Painting of a "View from the Loaf," $100-Capt. David W. Low at one of the Town Meetings held during the Summer, the volumes presented to the Town by the City of Gloucester, Eng.,were exhibited, and the Selectmen were instructed to acknowledge the receipt of them. They did so, and also forwarded one of Lane's colored engravings of Gloucester Harbor, and one of Walling's maps of the town. [Friday] 2nd picture of Mr. Lane's, "Good Harbor Beach," $100- Mrs. Eli F. Stacy."

photo (historical)
Cape Ann Scenery: Artistic Series No. 8 Good Harbor Beach, Cape Ann
Procter Brothers
c.1860s
Stereograph card
Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive

Stereo view

Little Good Harbor Beach looking towards the Farms

Also filed under: Historic Photographs »   //  Salt Island »

photo (historical)
Good Harbor Beach
c.1900
Colored lithograph
Cape Ann Museum Library and Archive
map
Locator map: Good Harbor Beach
H. F. Walling
1851
44 x 34 in.
John Hanson, Publisher
Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive
Citation: "Cape Ann Locales." Fitz Henry Lane Online. Cape Ann Museum. http://fitzhenrylaneonline.org/historical_material/index.php?type=Cape+Ann+Locales§ion=Good+Harbor+Beach+%2F+Bass+Rocks (accessed July 23, 2017).
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