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Fitz Henry Lane, The Yacht “America” Winning the International Race, 1851.  Collection of Peabody Essex Museum.

Fitz Henry Lane as art teacher to William Bradford

Posted: August 04, 2010 17:39 Last Updated: | James A. Craig

Ever since scholars began to pry into the life of the 19th century American marine painter Fitz Henry (formerly Hugh) Lane, they have been aware of Lane’s role as an art instructor to a Mrs. Mary Mellen, a personal friend of Lane’s and the unfortunate possessor of limited artistic skills.  So narrow has the academic focus been upon Mary Mellen that over time a belief has arisen declaring her to have been Lane’s only student.  Yet in-depth analysis of significant paintings combined with new testimony penned by a Mr. John Trask, Fitz Henry Lane’s next door neighbor, close per...