On Monday, July 15, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present an American Treasures Talk and Tour featuring Samuel Fuller’s panorama paintings of Rockland and Thomaston. The talk and tour will be led by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and is free with museum admission.

In 1850, Rockland artist Fuller came up with a plan to help fellow Rockland artist, Ebenezer Finch. Fuller did three large paintings of Rockland and Thomaston, the two of Rockland measuring nearly 50 feet in width and both depicting Main street, one from close up and the other a view from the harbor.

Fuller sketched in the scenes, then gave the unfinished paintings for Finch to complete and, eventually to sell. Finch never finished them, however, and they ended up being given to the Rockland Public Library in 1897 and, in 1950, to the Farnsworth. Only recently has their intended purpose been realized: as moving panoramas, a 19th-century predecessor to today’s motion pictures. This talk and tour will explore the history of panoramas and the place of the Farnsworth’s paintings in this history.

Every Monday at 2 p.m. through August, museum staff will give focused mini-lectures on specific works of art, highlighting their importance in the museum collection. These American Treasures Talks and Tours will begin with a brief 20-minute presentation in the museum auditorium, followed by a tour in the gallery where the featured work is on display. The presentations will include images of related works and provide context for their creation. The next tour will take place on Monday, July 22, and will feature the prolific quilter and rug hooker Lucy Trask Barnard. All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and are open to 20 attendees. To sign up, visit the main admissions desk at 16 Museum St. on the day of the gallery tour.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.