James Fitzgerald and the Elizabeth Howard

  • James Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Howard, c. 1923, watercolor on paper, 21 1/2 x 29 in.; gift of Edgar and Anne Hubert
  • James Fitzgerald (1899-1971) Study for the Elizabeth Howard, 1923 Pencil and graphite on paper Fitzgerald Legacy Collection, Monhegan Museum
January 29, 2011 - June 26, 2011
Craig Gallery


This exhibition will focus on the watercolors and drawings by James Fitzgerald that depict the fishermen of the schooner Elizabeth Howard. Known as the White Ghost, the vessel was built in East Boothbay, Maine in 1916. Fitzgerald boarded the ship as an honorary crew member on one of its expeditions to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. He got a little more than he bargained for—after a successful haul of halibut, a violent storm with winds of over 120 mph overtook the schooner and, while it did not sink, some of the crew was badly injured. After a safe return to Boston harbor the captain, shaken, left the schooner for good. Two weeks later the Elizabeth Howard set sail again and was caught in a storm off Nova Scotia, broke in half, and all hands were lost. Drawn entirely from the museum’s holdings of American works on paper, this exhibition is organized by the museum registrar, Angela Waldron.
The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design

This exhibition is part of a statewide collaboration among Maine arts organizations featuring exhibitions throughout 2011 which celebrate drawing.  For more information, visit our website: www.themainedrawingproject.org