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Historical Materials: Fitz Henry Lane Biography
Funeral & Burial
Essay to come.
American Antiquarian Society
"The death of this gifted artist may almost be considered a national loss, at least so far as art is concerned. Mr. Lane was undoubtedly the finest marine artist in this country. We have never seen any paintings equal to his in perfect accuracy in all aspects of marine architecture and thought, and true natural position to the canvas and complete equipment of vessels."
"By the will of the late Fitz H. Lane, Esq., his handsome painting of the Old Fort, Ten Pound Island, etc., now on exhibition at the rooms of the Gloucester Maritime Insurance Co., was given to the town... It will occupy its present position until the town has a suitable place to receive it."
"Fitz H. Lane the celebrated marine painter died at his residence in this town Sunday, August 13. He was very sick last winter but contrary to the expectations of his friends he rallied and was able to resume painting. After getting out he had a fall but was apparently not seriously injured. He was taken suddenly ill on the sixth and remained very low until his death. Funeral services were held Tuesday from his residence, the service being conducted by Rev. Mr. Mountford, a Unitarian clergyman of Boston."
Letter to the editor: "Fitz H. Lane's will and gift of the Old Fort painting in the Town Hall, sketched in 1859, from T. Sewell Lancaster and Joseph L. Stevens, executors."
Reply from Selectmen: "Mr. Lane was much esteemed by his townsmen not only for his skill as an artist, but also for his character, as a gentleman of Honor and Integrity."
Essex County Probate Records, Volume 424, Leaves 34 & 35
The will disposed of Lane's property (including watch and diamond breast pin), his monetary assets, and gave to the city of Gloucester a painting of the Old Fort. Joseph Stevens, Jr. and T. Sewall Lancaster were named executors. It was signed by Lane on March 10, 1865.