Promoting Long Island: The Art of Edward Lange, 1870–1889

Location: Preservation Long Island Exhibition Gallery (161 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor)
Dates: August 16 to December 1, 2024
Open Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Step into the late nineteenth-century world of Edward Lange (1846–1912) and follow his journey as an immigrant artist encountering a Long Island rapidly changing around him. This was an era of transformation, when the LIRR’s steam engines traveled along the fringes of bucolic hay fields and new industrial smokestacks took their place alongside old windmills. His artwork circulated within Long Island and beyond, drawing in tourists seeking recreational fun in towns along the North and South Shores. Armed with pen and brush, Lange painted the picture of a place that has endured in popular memory to this day. This exhibition of watercolors, photographs, and historical objects on loan from collections across Long Island accompanies the release of Preservation Long Island’s latest publication of the same name, which presents over two years of new research into Edward Lange’s life and work.

Image credit: Edward Lange (1846-1912). Residence of William Neale, Cold Spring Harbor, L.I., 1881. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 17.625 x 24.125 in. (unframed). Preservation Long Island purchase, 2022.2