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Adam Mortimer Lightner letters, 1840 Jan.18-19

Lightner, Adam Mortimer, fl. 1838-1840

Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 2 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Typescripts: 35mm microfilm reel 3091 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Adam Mortimer Lightner letters, 1840 Jan.18-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.