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Image of Gloucester Harbor 7699

1971.42

Artist

Mary Blood Mellen (formerly attributed to Fitz Henry (Hugh) Lane)

Title

Gloucester Harbor

Creation Date

ca. 1870

Century

19th century

Dimensions

24 3/16 in. x 36 1/8 in. (61.44 cm x 91.76 cm)

Object Type

painting

Creation Place

North America, American, Massachusetts

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Hope P. Gilmor

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

1971.42
Mary Blood Mellen was the adept student and friend of the painter Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). After moving to Gloucester, Massachusetts with her husband, Universalist minister Charles W. Mellen, in the 1840s, Mary Blood Mellen worked with Lane in his studio in the 1850s. She practiced her skill by copying Lane’s compositions and contributing as a studio assistant to many of his canvases. Recently, it has been discovered that their artistic collaborations were even more extensive than previously understood, resulting in an increase in the number of paintings identified as Mellen’s work. In Gloucester Harbor, also referred to as Laying Nets, Mellen utilized precise brushstrokes to capture natural atmospheric lighting effects, depicting the calm reflection off the water while the sun rises across the Harbor.

Keywords: American art   Image of Massachusetts   boat   buoy   cloud   figurative   harbor   Image of Gloucester   Image of Massachusetts   industry   Luminism   man   maritime painting   Re-attribution   sail   seascape   landscape (representation)   water   whaling ship  

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