Lightner, Adam Mortimer, b. fl. 1838 d. 1840
Active in Lancaster, Pa.
Collection size: 2 items (on partial microfilm reel).
Collection Summary: 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.
Biographical/Historical Note: 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.
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