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Owl's Head, Penobscot Bay, Maine

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Owl’s Head is one of Lane’s best-known and most admired works. He presents a contemporary coastal town with its commercial traffic, but he has greatly simplified the idyllic harbor view—a popular artistic motif—in virtually every detail. There are few props in the foreground and...

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Inscription

Reverse, before relining: Owl's Head-Penobscot Bay, by F.H. Lane, 1862.

Provenance

Annette Parsons (Mrs. John LeFavour) Stanley (1849-1918), Gloucester; by 1938, to Mrs. Louise S. Campbell, Montclair, New Jersey; 1943, with Charles D. Childs, Boston; 1943, to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

Credit Line

Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

1862

Dimensions

40 x 66.36 cm (15 3/4 x 26 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

48.448

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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