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Letters with typescript from Lightner to his uncle John C. Duchman and to his grandmother Duchman relating the struggles and the impressions of a young poor American artist living in Rome.
Adam Mortimer Lightner letters, 1840 Jan.18-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Typescripts: microfilm reel 3091 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Portrait painter from Lancaster, Pa. Was active from 1838-1840.
Albert Hise of the Massillon Museum came across the letters at a sale of the household effects of a family that came to Canton, Oh. from Lancaster, Penn. about 1900. In correspondence of the Archives of American Art, Hise writes "I am sorry I didn't buy the portrait of his [Lightner] grandmother as it sold for only 40.00 dollars and was a creditable piece of work--I hadn't read the letter or perhaps I would have." Only the typescripts have been microfilmed.
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
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